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The Obelisk (Obelisco)

Avenida Pres. Roque Saenz Pena 991, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ranked #121 of 320 Attractions in Buenos Aires
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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 November 17, 2014 NEW

An interesting monument ... it is in the middle of a major avenue in Buenos Aires ... we stop and took some pics next to it when visiting in 2009. It is just not that impressive. I believe it is historical ... iI just don't remember why. It is one of the major symbols of Buenos Aires.

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Burton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

As we traveled around the city by bus and taxi the Obelisk was always a welcome sight to see.... it kept us aware of where were we in the city. An amazing place! Always busy - people, cars, motorbikes, taxis - the city never goes to sleep.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For that reason alone, a person must see it. It is one the representations of Argentina and it's history and pride. It is not hard to find as it is pretty much in the middle of the city. There isnt much to do there. You just see it. Take a picture maybe look around and then go. I found it... More

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

You can take a picture with the Obelisk in the background from Avenida 9 de Julio. It's a gathering spot for fans to celebrate soccer victories as well. Very close to other tourist sites such as Teatro Colon and Calle Florida.

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Akureyri, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I visited the Obelisco whilst on my stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio. It's a nice monument, the environment was clean and well kept and the monument creates a center for the city of Buenos Aires so it's easy to arrange your travels from there. Visited August 2013

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

the center of the city which seems to throb life into the thriving metropolis! had a life of its own during the FIFA 2014!

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Campinas, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I recommend the visit but beware your stuff because it's a well known spot for pickpocketers. Go during the day and avoid night visits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a great place to take some photos as you're in the heart of the city. A lot of tourists come here but just be careful for pick pocketers and any shady individuals around like anywhere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

A place to take some pictures as its close downtown and due to being a historic place.. but anything so special..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

In all honesty its hard to come to Buenos Aires and not come here for a photo opportunity. But its not in a big square, its in the middle of a very busy road so even this proves hard. It is an icon of the city but not particularly impressive and don't offer any entertainment value.

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