El Obelisco, Buenos Aires

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    An accompany

    by orangetree28 Updated Nov 23, 2006

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    Not only in 9 de Julio, on many corners of Bue you can find these friendly and long-term guides. These dogs are not dangerous but very pretty . Look at her face again. They would be honoured if you will share your food with them.
    They can walk together with all av..

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    a remarkable landmark

    by vtveen Updated Nov 10, 2006

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    El Obelisco

    Two blocks away from Galerias Pacifico on Calle Florida is the pedestrian street called Lavalle, which leaded us to the Avenida 9 de Julio. This is most probably Bs As widest road with 16 lanes on some places. They even claim the 9 de Julio to be the widest in the world. Actually it is 3 streets: 9 de Julio in the middle, Pelligrino on one side and Cerrito on the other.

    On the intersection with Avenida Corrientes is the Plaza de la Republica. In the middle of this square stands the Oblisco with a height of 67 metres. This remarkable monument is built of white stone from Cordoba and was inaugurated in 1936, due to the 400th anniversary of the first foundation of Bs As by Spanish settlers.

    Today the Obelisco is one of the main landmarks of the city and is compared with the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Washington Monument.
    The monument is also a meeting point in the city, used for political manifestations and victory celebrations of Argentine sport teams.

    The Obelisco has four windows on the peak and inside is a staircase, but I couldn't find any information about visiting the building.

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    It's hard to miss the Obelisk

    by Dabs Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    We passed by the Obelisco almost every day to and from various points in the city, it's a monument that is easily seen from many vantage points and helps in orientation.

    It was inaugurated in 1936 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the (unsuccessful) founding of the city by Pedro de Mendoza, the city was refounded in 1580. It stands 67 meters tall, tiny in comparison with the tallest obelisk in the world, the Washington Monument which stands at 169 meters. Although it appears that there is viewing from the top from a window, the guidebook says the stairs inside are only for maintenance, if you want a good view of BsAs, try the British Clock Tower or Palacio Barolo. The area around the Obelisco is a popular place for political demonstrations, musical performances and victory celebrations for the national football teams, in fact we saw something of this nature on Friday night as we were heading to a tango show.

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    The Obelisk

    by Josilver Written Jan 4, 2006

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    We were lucky enough to have a hotel which overlooked the Obelisk and surprisingly there is more action that goes on here than one would think. Aside from the political protests, a tourist promotion with people dressed in tradtional costumes and the hectic traffic. An unusual aspect was a number of couples "getting it on" in the middle of the street late at night. I am not sure whether this is some sort of urban myth or dare to see whether they get caught , I am not sure maybe other VTers can shed some light on this, but it is certainly a "surprise" when one opens the curtains to look down on the obelisk late at night.

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    by MDC6 Updated Apr 24, 2005
    Not the best pic- you can see it in the distance

    This is one of the "symbols" of Buenos Aires. Decades ago, the city council voted to tear it down not long after it was built. Evidently, they never followed through, because it's still there. In this picture, you can't see it that well because it's several blocks away- this is looking down Sáenz Peña from Plaza de Mayo.

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    by Maggies Updated Apr 11, 2005

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    It was raised in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Bs As first foundation. 3 years later the city council decided to tear it down but as we see it's still here, luckily.
    El Obelisco made of the reinforced concrete is 70 meters high and is situated in the middle of huge Avenida 9 de Julio.

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    The Obelisk

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 21, 2005

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    Located almost exactly mid-way along Av. 9 de Julio, this trademark Obelisk of Buenos Aires was erected in 1936 to commemorate 400 years from the first founding of a settlement here by Spanish explorers. It's location in the city also marks the site where the Argentine flag was raised for the first time.

    The Obelisk is situated on a large 'island' in the middle of the Avenue and is not open for public visitors, even though it has an internal stairway of 206 steps that lead to it's apex, where four small windows are located.

    Standing 67-m (220-ft) high, this Obelisk is tied for the second highest in the world with the Bunker Hill monument in Boston. The world's tallest Obelisk is the 169-m (550-ft) Washington Monument in Washington, DC.

    However, technically speaking, since they are not made out of a single large cut stone, none of the above are 'true' obelisks. The largest of this category are about 30-m tall and were created by the Egyptians thousands of years ago.

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    The Centerpiece on 9 de Julio Av.

    by lkdahl Written Mar 16, 2005

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    The Obelisco is like someone else said, "you can't miss it". I must have gone by in either a taxi, car or on foot, almost every day I was in Buenos Aires. Located on the worlds widest Avenue, 9 de Julio it is the centerpiece on this street.

    Not as impressive as the Washington monument, but similar and made of concrete instead of granite, it was built in 1936 to mark the first place that the Argentine flag was raised.

    Because it is made of concrete some definate signs of wear and tear are apparent. Especially in areas where they tried to patch it up with a newer layer of concrete, which is very apparent since the texture and the color do not match when you are up close.

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    Retiro & San Nicolas : El Obelisco

    by ptitetoile Written Jan 3, 2005

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    The Obelisco is on the Avenida 9 de Julio at the crossing with Corrientes and marks the 4th century of the foundation of Buenos Aires. It is a symbol of the city.... I was amazed that it can be seen from a lot of different places : From Corrientes, Florida, Suipacha, The end of Avenida 9 de Julio, etc...probably because there are also a lot of diagonal streets at this place...

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    The Obelisk (Obelisco)

    by hekate Written Oct 21, 2004

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    The Obelisk is more can't escape seeing activity then must see activity :) You just can't miss it.

    In my view an obelisk in South America looks a bit stupid especially when it is made out of concrete.

    It is cosidered to be one of Buenos Aires's most prominent landmarks, the obelisk was built in 1936 on the site where the nation's flag was first raised. That year an anniversary of Buenos Aires foundation was celebrated.

    It is 70 meters high and is made of concrete. When I came back I found on the net that in its interior there is a 200-hundred-step stairway which is used to perform maintenance jobs from the top.

    Our guide told us that it is a popular place for celecrating victories of the Argentinian footbal team as well as for political demonstrations.

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    El Obelisco

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Obelisco

    Fue el homenaje de Buenos Aires al Cuarto Centenario de su Primera Fundación y representaba el espíritu progresista de una época. Por entonces, el intendente era Mariano de Vedia y Mitre, a la vez que ejercía la Presidencia de la República el General Agustín P. Justo. Lo diseñó el arquitecto Alberto Prebisch y lo construyó la empresa Siemens Bauunion en el tiempo récord de cuatro semanas

    It was the quadracentennial celebration of the founding of Buenos Aires and it
    represented the progressive spirit of the time. At that time, the mayor was
    Mariano of Vedia y Mitre and General Agustín P. Justo was president. The
    architect who designed it was Alberto Prebisch and it was built by the company
    Siemens Bauunion in the record time of four weeks.

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    Roque saenz peña peatonal

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 27, 2004

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    peatonal roque

    El obelisco divide la avenida Roque Saenz Peña y de un lado es peatonal, es una calle donde hay bares y los oficinistas comen y descansan, las calle termina en la plaza de los tribunales.

    The Obelisco divides the avenue Roque Saenz Peña and of a side it is pedestrian, it is a street where there are bars and the clerks eat and they rest, the street finishes in the square of Los Tribunales.

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    El obelisco 3

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 27, 2004

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    El Obelisco 3

    Fue el homenaje de Buenos Aires al Cuarto Centenario de su Primera Fundación y representaba el espíritu progresista de una época. Por entonces, el intendente era Mariano de Vedia y Mitre, a la vez que ejercía la Presidencia de la República el General Agustín P. Justo. Lo diseñó el arquitecto Alberto Prebisch y lo construyó la empresa Siemens Bauunion en el tiempo récord de cuatro semanas

    It was the homage from Buenos Aires to the Fourth Centennial of their Primera Foundation and it represented the progressive spirit of a time. For then, the intendant was Mariano of Vedia and Mitre, at the same time that it exercised the Presidency of the Republic the General Agustín P. Justo. The architect designed it Alberto Prebisch and it built it the company Siemens Bauunion in the time record of four weeks

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    El obelisco 1

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 27, 2004

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    El obelisco 1

    Fue el homenaje de Buenos Aires al Cuarto Centenario de su Primera Fundación y representaba el espíritu progresista de una época. Por entonces, el intendente era Mariano de Vedia y Mitre, a la vez que ejercía la Presidencia de la República el General Agustín P. Justo. Lo diseñó el arquitecto Alberto Prebisch y lo construyó la empresa Siemens Bauunion en el tiempo récord de cuatro semanas

    It was the homage from Buenos Aires to the Fourth Centennial of their Primera Foundation and it represented the progressive spirit of a time. For then, the intendant was Mariano of Vedia and Mitre, at the same time that it exercised the Presidency of the Republic the General Agustín P. Justo. The architect designed it Alberto Prebisch and it built it the company Siemens Bauunion in the time record of four weeks

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    Obelisco de Buenos Aires

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    Obelisco de Buenos Aires

    Esta foto esta sacada sobre la Av. Corrientes y Rodriguez Peña, adelante esta el Obelisco.
    Es, sin lugar a dudas, la pieza arquitectónica característica de la ciudad de Buenos Aires. Se encuentra emplazado en pleno centro, en el cruce de las avenidas 9 de Julio y Corrientes y tiene 67 metros de alto.ç

    This picture this taken out on the Average Av. and Rodríguez Rock, ahead this the Shaft.
    It is, no doubt, the most characteristic architectonic piece of the city of Buenos Aires. It is located downtown at the crossroad of 9 de Julio and Corrientes Avenue; it is 67 meters high.

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