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The Obelisk (Obelisco)

Address: Avenida Pres. Roque Saenz Pena 991, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ranked #94 of 261 Attractions in Buenos Aires
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Obelisk has been a popular landmark and celebratory gathering...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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Munich, Germany
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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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Pacific Pines, Australia
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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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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Structure was completed in 1936 and strongly resembles the Washington Monument, which was finished in 1885. This is one of the defining monuments of the city. It is particularly beautiful at night or when viewed from one of the roofs of several nearby hotels. We were there on Christmas Even (Noche Buena) among crowds and saw fireworks. What a sight.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Centrally located take about half an hour. Definitely a must-see during your visit in BA. Good to chill and watch the people. It's free!

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

How close can you get to obelisk? Almost as close as you wish in Buenos Aires. Definitely a must-see during your visit in BA.

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