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The Obelisk (Obelisco)

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Address: Avenida Pres. Roque Saenz Pena 991, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Description: The Obelisk has been a popular landmark and celebratory gathering place...
The Obelisk has been a popular landmark and celebratory gathering place since it was built in 1936 to mark the spot where the nation’s flag was first flown.
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Interesting monument

The Obelisk is in the central part of 9 Avenue Julio and can be seen from a fair distance away. Well worth the walk to take some photos.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

The Obelisk is in the central part of 9 Avenue Julio and can be seen from a fair distance away. Well worth the walk to take some photos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Plain obelisk at a busy square. Nice pics in the night with full moon in background . Close to theaters and tango shows.😉😉

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It's a fine Obelisk in a busy square. Way smaller than what I had expected after seeing the tourist brochures. You can just pass it by in a bus or car or just walk past. Nothing remarkable. Perhaps only good for a selfie to prove that you were there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The Obelisk reminds me of our own Washington Monument in Washington DC where one can climb up and see the views of Washington, DC and nearby Virginia and Maryland. This is not true in the case of the Obelisk in Buenos Aires. There are no facilities to allow one to climb it. What a shame! It's just a point of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The Obelisk stands tall on the intersection of Avenida 9 De Julio and Avenue Corrientes. This structure is over 200 feet tall, but you can’t go inside, can’t go up. But somehow it draw lots of people there, even us. We stay there for a short while and took a few photos. Only 15 minutes walk from the Obelisk, there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Just a high construction, that's all. Avenida 9 de Julio is worth seeing, the broadest road with 16 lanes

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The building is quite remarkable, but, as long as it is not allowed to go upstairs, there is no reason to visit or walk nearby.

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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Impossible to know Buenos Aires, without seeing El Obelisco, besides, because you have two important avenues crossing. 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, and Avenida Corrientes, very tipical, where you can find all the theaters along the way. El Obelisco doesn't have nothing you can visit inside, just take the photo with the gorgeous avenue going through,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

For me it is not so much the Obelisco itself - it is the atmosphere in the whole area. Avenida 9 de Julio is very impressive and the Obelisco is interesting not only because of its architecture but also because of the view in several directions from there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Obelix is within 10 minutes walk from Plaza de Mayo along Roque Saenz Peña avenue and can be easily combined with a visit to the Iconic "Cafe Tortoni", plaza de Mayo and"Teatro Colon" (we actually walked this route: Teatro Colon-Obelix-Cafe Tortoni-Plaza de Mayo-Puerto Madero all in one day) We felt pretty safe all the time.

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