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Obelisco
Vacation Travel Guide

Buenos Aires showing a sunset and a city

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

The Obelisco stands tall in the center of Buenos Aires. It is perhaps the city’s most recognizable icon. The large stone pillar surrounded by lights and electric screens draws comparisons with New York’s Times Square. The column itself resembles the Washington Monument.

It was built in 1936 to mark the fourth century since the city’s inception. In all, the Obelisco is 221.5 feet (67.5 meters) tall. It is often decorated to celebrate holidays and events.

Gaze up at the giant structure from any location around the city center; it dwarfs the buildings around it. Learn about current events from the temporary decorations of the landmark. For example, in 2005, the Obelisco was dressed in a giant condom to mark World AIDS Day. It is also regularly modified to celebrate anniversaries and other events.

Read the sonnet by the poet Baldomero Fernández Moreno at the base of the monument.

Dine at one of many upscale restaurants in the area. Nightlife at nearby bars and clubs in the San Telmo and Puerto Madero areas can provide an exciting evening.Several engravings at the pillar’s foot inform the public about the Obelisco.

The modernist architect Alberto Prebisch designed the monument in 1936. Remarkably, it took only 31 days to complete. It was the first site in the city to raise the Argentine flag, in 1812. Look around for a large blue and white flag symbolizing the country’s independence for over 200 years.

Find the Obelisco in the Plaza de la República in the center of Buenos Aires. It stands between the large avenues of Corrientes and 9 de Julio. Many claim that the latter is the widest avenue in the world. Both these roads have major transportation connections by metro and bus, so the area is particularly accessible. Finding a taxi in the street to take you to the Obelisco is also easy. Since this location is so central to the city, you’ll find many hotels, restaurants and bars nearby.

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Top Hotels Close to Obelisco

Novotel Buenos Aires
Novotel Buenos Aires
4 out of 5
Avenida Corrientes 1334, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥5,723 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 24
This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Palacio de Justicia and Paseo La Plaza. Teatro Colon ...
4.3/5Excellent! (455 reviews)
"Central location and good breakfast friendly service staff"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Novotel Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Marriott
Buenos Aires Marriott
4.5 out of 5
Av Carlos Pellegrini 551, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥10,691 per night from May 1 to May 1
Located in Microcentro, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Palacio de Justicia and Florida Street are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (473 reviews)
Very good choice!
"The hotel is very well located near all important places to visit. Rooms are big or very big. The breakfast it's very good with a lot of choices. The pool on the roof and the terrace on the roof are amazing. Everyone in the hotel were very attendive and we even celebrated new years eve in the hotel ..."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Buenos Aires Marriott
Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Rosario Vera Peñaloza 360 – Dique 2, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥12,759 per night from May 2 to May 2
Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Women's Bridge and Casa Rosada. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and Florida ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)
"Awesome, clean & neat hotel!!! Very friendly, highly polite and professional staff. Room was lovely, big & very clean. Great breakfast!"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2021

Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Novotel Buenos Aires
Novotel Buenos Aires
4 out of 5
Avenida Corrientes 1334, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥5,723 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 24
Novotel Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Marriott
Buenos Aires Marriott
4.5 out of 5
Av Carlos Pellegrini 551, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥10,691 per night from May 1 to May 1
Buenos Aires Marriott
Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
Hotel Madero Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Rosario Vera Peñaloza 360 – Dique 2, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥12,759 per night from May 2 to May 2
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Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires
Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires
5 out of 5
Avenida Leandro N Alem 1193, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥12,527 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 24
Park Tower, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buenos Aires
NH Buenos Aires Latino
NH Buenos Aires Latino
4 out of 5
Suipacha 309, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥5,491 per night from Apr 30 to Apr 30
NH Buenos Aires Latino
NH Buenos Aires Tango
NH Buenos Aires Tango
4 out of 5
Cerrito 550, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥5,091 per night from May 1 to May 1
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Che Juan Hostel BA
Che Juan Hostel BA
2 out of 5
Lavalle 477, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
The price is ¥3,381 per night from May 2 to May 2
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Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center
4 out of 5
San Martin / 1225 1275, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥10,260 per night from May 2 to May 2
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center
Grand Brizo Buenos Aires
Grand Brizo Buenos Aires
4 out of 5
Cerrito 180, Buenos Aires
The price is ¥7,940 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 24
Grand Brizo Buenos Aires
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.