El Obelisco, Buenos Aires

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    El Obelisco

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    Obelisco at night

    Located in the Plaza De La Republica, the Obelisco is probably the single most recognizable sight in the city. Rising to a height of 67 meters, and with a fence protecting it from graffiti artists, the monument was designed by architect Alberto Prebisch and was built in 31 days by 167 workers, most of them Europeans. It was completed in 1936 and Declaration of Independence in Tucuman in 1816. Its four faces are inscribed with the commemorations of the first and second foundation of Buenos Aires, the creation of the Capital Federal in 1880 and the San Nicolas de Bari church, which used to occupy this site and where the first Argentinean flag was flown. Since it is so visible and such an obvious landmark, it becomes the natural gathering place for protests, demonstrations and celebrations.

    The Obelisco is actually hollow inside and evidently there is an upright staircase without a handrail, which I'm guessing makes for a pretty hairy climb to the top for anyone who has the job of changing the lights. And evidently, there is an iron box at the very top that has photographs of the construction foreman and his wife along with a note addressed to anyone who might tear down the Obelisco.

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    Plaza de la Republica

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    big city life

    The center of what I like to call a game of "Ultimate Frogger", with the Oblisk being the joystick; the ultimate beacon and the center of attention. With 5 pedestrians per day meeting their maker in an unfair battle with automobiles here in Bs As, just walking across this street and making it safely to the other side is a small victory in itself.

    The Plaza was inaugurated in 1936 and originally had a circular shape before taking on an elliptical shape. At its widest point, Avenida De Mayo is 140 meters wide, making it...well...pretty freaking wide!!!

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    great area to walk around downtown

    by joseph30 Written Apr 28, 2004

    When I went there some years ago, it was awesome , tango shows were incredible, the food was also great. People are a little bit less warm than other South American countries, but it's the capital, big town.
    Other provinces , there is a huge difference.
    Great nightlife in Buenos Aires. La boca and the pink palace are a must seeing.

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    The symbol

    by andal13 Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    Obelisk

    The Obelisk is, indeed, the symbol of Buenos Aires. This awesome monument is 67 m high, and it is situated at a famous crossroads: Corrientes Av. and 9 de Julio Av.

    El Obelisco es, sin dudas, el símbolo de Buenos Aires. Este imponente monumento mide 67 m de altura, y está situado en una famosa intersección: Av. Corrientes y Av. 9 de Julio.

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    El Obelisco

    by acemj Updated Nov 18, 2003

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    The Obelisk is probably the most recognizable monument in Buenos Aires. It sits in the heart of the city on the world's widest stretch of road, Avenida 9 de Julio at Avenida Corrientes in Plaza Republica. It was completed in 1936 to celebrate the city's 400th anniversary and rises 221 feet above the city. I walked by here a few times and often would look down a street and see the Obelisk in the distance using it as a reference point to orient myself. However, I didn't realize that you can walk up the stairs inside and see what I would assume is a marvelous view of the city.

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    El Obelisco.

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    crowds at the obelisk!

    Another thing that is cool about the Obelisk, is that in addition to being a monument to great occasions, it is also a gathering place when folks want to demonstrate or celebrate or just want to make noise and be recognized. I saw all this too from my hotel room. This photo shows folks celebrating in front of the Obelisk after the Boca Junior Win!!

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    El Obelisco - Part 8

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Soldiers

    The Demonstrators witness the Flag being taken down by the National Color Guard. I could see this from my hotel balcony. It was a slow, deliberate process but fascinating to watch. Here they are almost to their destination with the folded flag: They leave by a white bus. The Demonstrators, left room for the Color Guard to walk to their bus.

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    El Obelisco - Part 7

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Soldiers

    The Flag is being taken down by the National Color Guard. They left via bus, but it was glorious to see them march to and from the Argentine Flag. Here you see them marching towards their little white bus after neatly folding up their precious State Flag... It really was quite a sight!!!

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    El Obelisco - Part 6

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    FLAG

    Here they are folding the flag... The Flag is put up and taken down daily by the National Color Guard. I got to see this event one day from my hotel balcony and took these delightful photos! They left via bus, but it was glorious to see them march to and from the Argentine Flag. You really should be there to see this. They leave by a white bus...

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    El Obelisco - Part 5

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    FLAG

    Here again is the National Flag of Argentina being taken down by the National Color Guard. I got to see this event one day from my hotel balcony and took these delightful photos! They left via bus, but it was glorious to see them march to and from the Flag Ceremony...

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    El Obelisco - Part 4

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    FLAG

    And yet more facts about this Famous, Fascinating Obelisco... or Obelisk in English (I hope I spelled this correct... forgive me!)... There is the Big Flag that is raised and taken down each day be a colour guard. I got to see this event one day from my hotel balcony and took these delightful photos!

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    El Obelisco - Part 3

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Demonstraitors

    Here is a close up photo I zoomed in on of the signs the folks held while the drums beat and the little boys danced. Maybe you can click on this to make larger, and read the signs and let me know what they are demonstrating about?! Thanks.

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    El Obelisco - Part 2

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Demonstraitors

    Here is another photo of the Obelisk with folks demonstrating. They must represent some children advocacy group. I can't read the Spanish, but maybe you can and let me know what it says... Anyway, there was Candomble drums and kids dancing. Quite a view even from my window.

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    View from my room

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    obelisk

    It is shorter than the Washington Monument I want to say, but just as beautiful. And what's more, it was RIGHT outside my hotel window. Be sure to visit the White Obelisk that is right in the middle of Center part of Downtown. You can walk there or take a subway as many subway stations are in the area.

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    Oblique

    by arikde Updated May 20, 2003
    Oblique @ BA

    This is the oblique at Buenos Aires (BA)at 19 Julio de Mayo or one of those dates in July - symbolizes the struggle for independence in Argentina - looks very much like the American version which came later in D.C.

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