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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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I had never heard of the Obelisk in Buenos Aries. It has quite a history. Women marching around on behalf of the missing. Chalk outlines of missing and dead. They once covered it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Not a time consuming attraction but certainly one that should be added to the "Must See" list for those visiting the Capital of Argentina. It stands in the place where the first flag of independence was raised in the new country. Due to it's size, central location, and position the subway and bus lines it's easy to find. This makes... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The Obelisco is impressive and it serves as a monument for this part of Buenos Aires. For me, it served as a "point of reference" as I explored the area - I could always find my way back! The Obelisco is especially lovely in the the evening when it is lit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

nothing very interesting, actually. But once you're in the city centre, why not just pass by it and take a picture.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

It is a very famous landmark, although it really isn't anything special. It is nonetheless, a convenient place meeting place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

If you read Spanish there is a little more to it than just a photo shoot, but beyond that it's pretty much a, "Here's us at the Obelisk," attraction. It does make a good meet up spot though.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Obelisk is in the middle of 9 Avenue Julio. It is a landmark in Buenos Aires. But it is just a monument, you don’t need to spend much time here. Take a picture of it and then move on.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I had never heard of the Obelisk in Buenos Aries. It has quite a history. Women marching around on behalf of the missing. Chalk outlines of missing and dead. They once covered it to look like a pencil for education and a condom for AIDs awareness. Interesting monument.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It is a landmark in Buenos Aires. In its position at the cross of the vast Avenida 9 de Juli and Avenida Corrientes, I find that it stands out much more than the Paris Place de la Concorde's obelisk. It is a central meeting point to celebrate main events.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Tourists and locals use this as a meeting point. Because it's well known and access is easy having a main street run on each side. The other factor is there are a lot of things to do in the area. Such as for tourists, the tango dinner theater. For locals, many parillas and bars in the area. I did enjoy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

If you are touring around BA downtown area, you cannot miss this. It is located on one main road which you will cross all the time. It is there! There is no need to make any efforts to go and see this place as there is nothing great about it! For better obelisk, go to Washington DC.

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San Nicolas
Immersed in the sound of honking horns and the footsteps of busy office workers, the Microcentro area of San Nicolás is where visitors will encounter the true hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, walking down streets lined with office buildings and banks. The financial district is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere and unstoppable rhythm during office hours. After dark, the hubbub and migrates to Corrientes Ave., where theater lovers might start their evening at a play and end it in one of the many traditional pizzerias nearby. During the day, Corrientes is known for its many bookshops and classic cafés, which are located just minutes away from some famous landmarks, like the Obelisco, Avenida 9 de Julio, and the Teatro Colon.