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Obelisco

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.

How about making your stop at Obelisco even more memorable? Don't forget to try one or two of these activities:

Why don't you consider trying out a City Walking Tour & Premium Wine Tasting Experience or a Private Tour to Unlock the Charms of Buenos Aires' Locals?

Check out our Buenos Aires things to do page to find even more activities while you're here.


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Ramada by Wyndham Buenos Aires Centro ¥7,198
Ramada by Wyndham Buenos Aires Centro

Ramada by Wyndham Buenos Aires Centro

Paraguay 857, Buenos Aires
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street, Teatro Colon, and Plaza San Martin. Obelisco and Torre de los Ingleses are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 5-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 6 minutes.

    Savoy Hotel ¥11,259
    Savoy Hotel

    Savoy Hotel

    Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Congress Station and Callao Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      NH City Buenos Aires ¥7,301
      NH City Buenos Aires

      NH City Buenos Aires

      Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. Casa Rosada and Florida Street are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

        Claridge Hotel ¥6,653
        Claridge Hotel

        Claridge Hotel

        Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are also within 10 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires ¥55,478
          Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

          Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

          Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alvear Art Gallery, Plaza San Martin, and Torre de los Ingleses. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

            NH Buenos Aires Latino ¥6,873
            NH Buenos Aires Latino

            NH Buenos Aires Latino

            Suipacha 309, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Rex Theatre and Florida Street. Obelisco and Teatro Colon are also within 10 minutes. Diagonal Norte Station and July 9 Station are within a 2-minute walk.

              Argentina Tango Hotel ¥2,170
              Argentina Tango Hotel

              Argentina Tango Hotel

              Suipacha 545, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lavalle Street, Teatro Colon, and Obelisco. Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico are also within 10 minutes. Lavalle Station and C. Pellegrini Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Broadway Hotel & Suites ¥8,706
                Broadway Hotel & Suites

                Broadway Hotel & Suites

                Av. Corrientes 1173, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon, and Florida Street. Plaza de Mayo and Galerias Pacifico are also within 1 mi (2 km). C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.