9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires

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    The widest avenue in the world

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 8, 2013

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    You always hear about this very very wide avenue in Buenos Aires. This is it!
    144 meters wide, it is one of the main thoroughfares in Buenos Aires. It is not very long however, just a bit over a kilometre long. It is named in honor of Argentina's Independence day..July 9, 1816.

    Though it was in the planning stages for a long time, many buildings in the Constitucion area had to be demolished to make way for the avenue. Work started in 1937 and went on through the 1960's.

    Do not ever think of trying to jaywalk on this avenue! If you think it is intimidating, it is! They do have volunteers that help people cross since the avenue is so busy and so wide. More often they just let you know when its safe to cross. They have bright shirts so you know who they are.

    Things you will see on Avenida 9 de Julio:
    -The French Embassy,- an architectural beauty for sure
    - Obelisco and Plaza de la Republica.
    - Teatro Colon

    Fountain at Intersection with Cordoba Avenue
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    by draguza Written Dec 1, 2012

    9 de Julio Avenue (or Avenida 9 de Julio, in the local tongue) in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, is not just any street. Nine lanes wide, with gardened medians between the opposing flow of traffic, this is the widest street in the world. Only those with a quick pace and long legs will be lucky to get to the other side before the traffic lights at the intersection changes. A pedestrian crossing this street usually requires a few extra minutes and two to three traffic light rotations. 9 de Julio Avenue is only 1 km long but 110 meters wide.

    The avenue's unusual width is because it spans an entire city block, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The avenue runs to the west of the Río de la Plata waterfront, from the Retiro district in the north to Constitución station in the south. It has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each.

    The street runs far in both directions and connects the unique sections of the metropolis. Some of Buenos Aires’ main landmarks can be seen along the way; most notably, the Obelisk, that sits in the middle of 9 de Julio, the original French Embassy, the statue of Don Quixote, the Teatro Colon and the former Ministry of Communications building - the only building that sits on the avenue itself at the intersection with Moreno street

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    Longest Avenue Ever!!!!

    by wilocrek Written May 22, 2012

    Generally when flying into a city the first thing I notice is the building and other notable landmarks but with Buenos Aries the first I noticed was a massive street cutting straight through the city. This massive avenue of course is a landmark of its own and one of the most famous in the world. Its almost ten lanes total and seemingly takes ten minutes to cross, which makes sense considering there are four different cross walks to manuever through. But 9th of July avenue serves as a great starting point for visiting all the highlights of the city, just make sure you don't get run over....seriously!

    I went all the way to Argentina to eat fast food! Over 8 lanes and still traffic jams!!!

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    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 25, 2011

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    New York has 5th Ave, Paris has the Champs Elysees, well........Buenos Aires has the 9th of July avenue.....it's wonderful, large, and crowded. With some 6 lanes each way, it makes it the world's widest avenue. Take the time to walk it some, it's lined with restaurant, hotels, and some very interesting shops !!!!

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    Av 9 Juilio and Obelisk

    by bonio Written Jan 18, 2011

    Major and busy road running through the city. Walked along the pedestrianised area between the traffic heading towards the Obelisk, there are plenty of seats and at the time we visited the trees were in bloom, it was pretty pleasant!

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    The Widest Street in The World!

    by spidermiss Updated Jul 18, 2010

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    One of the world's largest avenues with up to eight lanes in total! This runs between the Constitucion and Monserrat barrios. The Obelisco meets at the intersection where the Avenida Corrientes and the Avenida de Julio meet. Another key street that runs through the busy avenue is Avenida de Mayo where you can turn either left or right for the Congreso Nacional and Plaza del Mayo. Further up north, you get to see the Teatro Colon (When I was there, in January 2010, it was closed for refurbishment).

    Take care crossing the streets because the traffic lights don't stay green long!

    Avenida de 9 Julio The Obelisco
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    Avenida 9 de Julio

    by Gypsystravels Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    I read that the Portenos boast that Avenida 9 de Julio is the "world's widest avenue, with a width of 460 ft. Whether it is the widest or not, this avenue provides the Portenos with a "Parisien style blvd." and is quite an impressive Avenue. The Avenue is located in the center of Buenos Aires and provides for a magnificient open space area.

    At the center of the Avenue you will find the Obelisco, a needle shaped monument to mark important events in Argentinian history.

    The boulevard and the Obelisco in the foreground
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    Fun Street Crossings

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    I have heard this is the worl'd largest street. I can believe it with its 12 lanes of traffic. Fortunately there is a large area in the cenetr to wait for the light to change and traffic to stop. While stopped in the middle take a look at the Oblisco.

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    The world's widest street

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    Locals like to tell you Avenida 9 de Julio is the world's widest street - they could be right. It's as wide as two full city blocks and has 12 traffic lanes - fortunaetly, there's a large central reserve, otherwise crossing it would be a nightmare, even so it's not an exercise for the faint-hearted

    Standing 67 metres high at the junction of the 9 Julio and Avenida Corrientes, the white spear of El Obelisco is an unmistakable Buenos Aires landmark and an iconic symbol of the city. It was placed here in 1936 in celebration of some major events in the city's life - the founding of the city, raising the flag of Independence in 1812 and Buenos Aires becoming the nation's capital in 1880.

    If you're walking to 9 Julio from the Congresso, take Bartolome Mitre and look out for the Pasaje la Piedad - perhaps the narrowest street in Buenos Aires. Lined with elegant houses, it has always ben a pedestrian-only precinct since it was built in the 19th century.

    The exotic Moorish-inspired exterior of the Club Espanol (built in 1908) conceals an elegant restaurant that is pure Art Nouveau. Look out for it on the eastern side of the Avenida, just south of the Ave de Mayo. Despite its apparent grandness, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and the food is excellent.

    The widest street El Obelisco Pedestrians only Closed for now Shades of the Alhambra

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    The world´s widest avenue

    by barryg23 Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    Avenue 9 de Julio must be one of the world`s widest city streets. I certainly wouldn't like to try crossing anything bigger as crossing this was always a challenge. If you run when the lights are green you can just about make it from one side to the other before they go red. Most people stop for a break in the middle!

    There are about 7 lanes in each direction on Avenue 9 Julio and it´s always full of vehicles. The avenue runs from Constituion up to Retiro and contains an obelisk at Corrientes, one of the cities best known sights. It's particularly spectacular at night and a good place to observe it all is from the walkways near Corrientes on either side of the obelisk.

    Avenido 9 de Julio Obelisk at Corrientss Avenido 9 de Julio

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    a wide avenue with an obelisk!

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 21, 2008

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    This avenue supposed to be the widest avenue of the world with 16 lanes! In fact, it has 12 lanes but the people add the lanes of Pelligrino and Cerrito streets on the left and right of the avenue. July 9, 1816 is the independence day of Argentina. I walked through the avenue many times and it was kind of scary seeing so many cars come and go endlessly!

    There are some interesting fountains, statues and shops along the avenue but the basic landmark is the Obelisk that is located at plaza de la Republica. It is known as El Obelisco and it was built in 1936 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first founding of the city. It goes up to 67m and it was nice for me seeing it from distance, day and night! Football fans of River Plate or Boca Juniors come here to celebrate after big wins of their teams.

    El Obelisco Obelisk at plaza de la Republica 9 de julio avenue fountain at 9 de julio avenue

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    It takes a while to cross

    by PierreZA Updated Oct 12, 2007

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    ? The widest avenue in the world.
    Everything looks big here, the buildings, billboards and the Obelisk!
    The name of this amazing avenue comes from July 9th of 1816, Independence Day of Argentina.
    There are great fountains and places to sit and watch the chaos go by.

    Ave 9 de Julio Fountain off 9 de Julio
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    The widest avenue in the world

    by sabrina_florida Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    This is one of the most important avenues in Buenos Aires. The Obelisco, our most characteristic monument, is located there. If you walk to the east, you'll get to the French embassy, which is a beautiful building. Next to it, there's a famous mansion which was turned into a hotel. Many stars who visited the city have stayed there.
    There are almost no shops here, most of the buildings are offices or embassies.

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    9 De Julio Avenue

    by Ash59 Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    This avenue is reputed to be the largest avenue in the world and is named after the date when Argentina was granted absolute independance from Spain in 1816. All I know is that it is a real pain to cross due to the amount of traffic. The avenue is about 5 km long and the actual avenue is about 12 lanes wide (I didn't count the lanes, I was too busy trying to negotiate my way across from one side to the other!). On top of that, there is a separate road running parallel on either side of the avenue that you have to get across before actually tackling the avenue itself. You should use the traffic lights to cross the street but use them with care as it seems that traffic can come from any direction and Argentinian drivers do not always allow pedestrians right of way.

    However, if you walk along the avenue, you can find some quite interesting land marks, such as the Obelisk, a couple of fountains and several nice buildings (in amongst some quite run down blocks).

    The Obelisk can be found on at the junction of Corrientes Avenue and was erected in 1936 to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of Pedro de Mendoza's original settlement on the banks of the Rio de la Plata. The monument is 67 metres high and marks the site where the Argentinian flag was first raised.

    Obelisk, 9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires Fountain, , 9 de Julio Avenue, Buenos Aires French building
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    by swesn Updated Nov 10, 2006

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    Avenida 9 de Julio is reputed to be the widest avenue in the world. At one place, there are up to 9 lanes on each side, in other words, 18 lanes wide. Traffic is always busy here. You need to cross the avenue in a few stages.

    The monument right smack in the middle is El Obelisco (The Obelisk) on Plaza de la Republica. This obelisk commemorates the 400th anniversary of the city's founding. This is the crux of Buenos Aires traffic as it can be viewed from various straight avenues radiating out from it, Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Corrientes and the Diagonal Roque Saenz Pena.

    Staring up at the tip of the immense obelisk as you cross the avenue, you would somewhat Feel.The.Earth.Move.Under.Your.Feet. Or could it be from the 18 lanes of traffic on both sides that are causing the tremors?

    Feel the earth move around you near the Obelisk The Obelisk against the orange sky...

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