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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.


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Savoy Hotel

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

    Located in El Centro, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of 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.

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    Dolmen Hotel

    Suipacha 1079, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Fe Avenue and Florida Street. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. San Martin Station is only a 3-minute walk and Lavalle Station is 10 minutes.

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      Exe Hotel Colón

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      Carlos Pellegrini 507 Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in El Centro, this hotel is steps away from Lavalle Street, Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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

          Located in El Centro, this romantic hotel is steps away 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.

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          NH Buenos Aires 9 de Julio

          NH Buenos Aires 9 de Julio

          Cerrito 156, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Plaza de Mayo and Florida Street are also within 15 minutes. Lima Station is only a 3-minute walk and Mayo Avenue Station is 6 minutes.

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            Regal Pacific Buenos Aires

            25 De Mayo, 764, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galerias Pacifico and Florida Street. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Leandro N Alem Station is 8 minutes by foot and Buenos Aires Cordoba Station is 7 minutes.

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              NH City Buenos Aires

              NH City Buenos Aires

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

                Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is steps away from Cabildo and Plaza de Mayo. Florida Street and Casa Rosada are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Peru Station is 3 minutes.

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                Broadway Hotel & Suites

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

                  Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km). C. Pellegrini Station and Uruguay Station are within a 5-minute walk.