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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!!!
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...
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Obelisk, located really sort of in the center of the city, is an icon of Buenos Aires. It commemorates 400 years since the founding of the city. It's nothing overwhelming, but you should pass by it at some point. It is kind of har to miss!
An important tip: in Buenos Aires, there are many protests all the time. Many of these protests take place surrounding the Obelisk. As I write this, all of the pharmacy employees are striking there today. It is best to avoid protests and strikes while you are here, so just go around it if you see one there, don't walk through the protest. usualy the protest are peaceful, but you never know.