9 July 1816 in Tucuman, Unitarian politicians signed Argentina’s declaration of independence from Spain – Federalists stayed away. In commemoration, BsAs named this grand avenue in that date’s honor. The avenue dates to the grand urban redesign that took place between 1932 and 1938. Nearly in the middle of the avenue’s length, slightly to the north where Avenida Corrientes crosses it, you will find the Obelisco and the Plaza de Republica. For a good view of the avenue, try the bar in the Crowne Plaza Americano. The avenue serves as a semi-freeway and for the walker will be better known for how many lights it takes to cross rather than some grand greenbelted oasis.
We started out our next-morning walk to the downtown core near the Presidential Palace by first checking out what is reported to be the world's widest street, Avenida 9 de Julio. This multi-lane monster cuts 5 km through the heart of the city, taking up an entire city block in width with it's up to 12 lanes of traffic.
In addition to the main 4-5 lanes of traffic on each side of a central island, are parallel streets along each side of the Avenue - with Cerrito to the west and Carlos Pelligrini to the east. Just to get across 9 de Julio takes two changes of traffic lights because you can only make it to the centre island in one 'hop'.
This is the view as we approach the Obelisk from Sarmiento Street.
The Avenue 9 de Julio is definitely the widest avenue of the world (140m width).
It is magnificent with its huge advertisements and buildings, palo borracho trees and the Obelisk, a symbol for the porteños.
On this avenue you can also find one of the most important theaters of lyrical music of the world: the Colon Opera House.
You can picture the hasty rhythm of porteños if you walk along Florida street, full of stores.
At night there are plenty of theaters and cinemas in Corrientes Avenue, for that reason known as "the street that never sleeps".
El monumento a la bandera de Buenos Aires, esta ubicado en la plaza de la Republica, sobre la Av. 9 de Julio y Av. Corrientes, frente al obelisco.
Buenos Aire´s flag monument it is situated in the Republic Square on 9 de Julio Av. and Corrientes Av. , in front of obelisco.
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.
Sobre la Av. 9 de Julio y Cordoba se encuentra esta fuente en el medio de las veredas que bordean la Av. 9 de Julio.
On the Av. 9 de Julio and Cordoba is this fountaine in the way of the footpaths that border on the Av. 9 de Julio.
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.
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.
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!
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.
9 de Julio is the widest avenue of the world; it is 130 m wide!!!!! The name of this amazing avenue comes from July 9th of 1816, Independence Day of Argentina.
I think this tip could be posted as "Sports tips", because trying to cross this avenue is a real challenge!
The picture shows the Obelisk, situated at 9 de Julio Av. and Corrientes Av.
9 de Julio es la avenida más ancha del mundo; mide 130 metros de anchura!!!! El nombre de esta avenida impresionante viene del 9 de Julio de 1816, fecha de la Declaratoria de la Independencia de la Argentina.
Podría haber puesto esta viñeta en "Deportes", ya que tratar de cruzar esta avenida es todo un desafío!!!
La foto muestra al Obelisco, situado en Av. 9 de Julio y Av. Corrientes
When you're actually walking along Avenida 9 de Julio, it's not hard to believe that this is the world's widest avenue. It's enormous!! It is named after Argentina's Independence Day, July 9, 1816 the day they broke free from the Spanish Crown.
Today, the street is a bustling thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants, but it's so big that it's not exactly a cozy spot to relax. The noise of the busy commercial center and the pollution from the traffic make it more frenetic than relaxing.
This avenue is the Avenue of the world! it is 140 meters broadest avenue of the world and is separated in different sections to enable the pedestrian to cross it ! I can tell you....it takes some time!!!! But it is fascinating to look at the ballet of the taxis looking for the best lane to execute its job as fast as possible!
In the middle, at the crossing with Corrientes, there is an Obelisc of 67,5 m high marking the forth century of the foundation of Buenos Aires.
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
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.