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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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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 a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

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    Beautiful Cozy Loft Perfect Location San Martin

    Beautiful Cozy Loft Perfect Location San Martin

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in El Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon and Florida Street. Galerias Pacifico and Barolo Palace are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Secret Hotel 4 Buenos Aires
      Secret Hotel 4 Buenos Aires

      Secret Hotel 4 Buenos Aires

      Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in El Centro, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon and Florida Street. Plaza de Mayo 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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        Globales Republica

        Globales Republica

        Cerrito 370, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. July 9 Station and C. Pellegrini Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Park Silver Obelisco Hotel £250
          Park Silver Obelisco Hotel

          Park Silver Obelisco Hotel

          Cerrito 330, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lavalle Street, Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Plaza de Mayo and Florida Street are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Unique Executive Central £25
            Unique Executive Central

            Unique Executive Central

            Diagonal R. Saenz Pena 1174, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon and Palacio de Justicia. 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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              Broadway Hotel & Suites

              Broadway Hotel & Suites

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

                Located in El Centro, 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.

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                Obelisco Apartment

                Obelisco Apartment

                Cerrito 480, Buenos Aires
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in El Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Mayo are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.