El Obelisco, Buenos Aires

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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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    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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    Obelisco - soars in center of Buenos Aires

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    This Washington Monument-like structure soars over the oval "Plaza de la Republica". It was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first Spanish settlement on the Rio de Plata in 1936. Since then it has become a symbol for the city and a favorite site for meetings and jubilation like celebrating soccer winnings!

    It reminds you of the obelisks in Paris and Luxor...but this time, it is in the middle of one of biggest avenues in the world!

    I crossed the big avenue several times during my walks and at one time, I heard someone honking his car - and the driver waving at me! And guess what…it was the driver who drove me from the airport a few days before! He still recognized me and was laughing and waving his hands, probably surprised to see me walking.

    Small world in a big city like Buenos Aires!

    I made a video of my short trip to Buenos Aires on Youtube. Hope you like this:

    JUMPING NORMAN IN BUENOS AIRES

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    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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    The Obelisk (Obelisco)

    by hekate Written Oct 21, 2004

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    The Obelisk (Obelisco)

    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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    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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    by MeZuGa Written Aug 27, 2004

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    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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    Tall white condom

    by fachd Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    Glimpse of the Obelisk from 9 de Julio Avenue
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    We took a walk from our hotel in Tucuman street toward the widest avenue in Buenos Aires possibly the world, 9 de Julio Avenue. Once we were there I couldn’t help of noticing the tall monument, it looks like a giant condom. It is the famous Obelisk. The Obelisk is the focal point in Buenos Aires. The Portenos used the Obelisk for cultural activities, political gathering, soccer celebration and others. To stop political graffiti and vandalism the Obelisk is fence off.

    The obelisk was built in 1936 to commemorate the four hundred anniversary of Buenos Aires first foundation. It was designed by architect Alberto Prebisch. It was a quick erection it took only 31 days to built by hundred of workers. The Obelisk height is 67 metre.

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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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    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

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    El Obelisco from near the Plaza de Mayo

    Designed after the Washington Monument or ancient Egypt depending upon whom you read, the Obelisco was built in only 31 days in 1936. Unlike the Washington Monument, you can’t go up the Obelisco’s 67 meters – if you want to ascend towers, then try the 57 meters of the Torre Monumental (the English Tower) over by Plaza San Martin. The Obelisco was originally designed with an elevator in mind but …. There are inscriptions at the base commemorating the original foundation of BsAs in 1536 – and the refoundation in 1580 – and 1880, when BsAs was finally designated as the Capital Federal. A fence surrounds since 1987 to protect the monument from grafitti that is a sad reality to most monuments here in BsAs.

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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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    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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    a remarkable landmark

    by vtveen Updated Nov 10, 2006

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    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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    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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