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Address: Avenida Pres. Roque Saenz Pena 991, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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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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Argentinas icon located in city area this magnificent structure is worth a visit and is surrounded by many other attractions, inclding some beautuful architecture

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robina, Australia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On the main avenue this area is a key attraction. There are streets for shopping and also restaurants and hotels in the vicinity. Great place to experience life in the city.

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Lima Region, Peru
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

vrey nice Obelisk in ARgentina, but the area if FULL of pick pockets and drogatic young people, I felt horrible running to cross Av 9 de Julio with my family I was in Panic

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Robina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Argentinas icon located in city area this magnificent structure is worth a visit and is surrounded by many other attractions, inclding some beautuful architecture

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Obelisk is considered a landmark of Buenos Aires and is located on the 22 lane Avenida 9 de Julio. It was built in 1936 to commemorate the 4th century of the founding of the city. It's hard to miss it if you are doing a walking tour of the downtown area of Buenos Aires. It affords a quick photo... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Has great historical significance and is also a great landmark for getting your bearings for your walks around Buenos Aires. The Avenue on which it is located runs parallel with the famous Calle Florida.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Go to Wikpedia for a history of this monument. Great meeting point right in the heart of Buenos Aries.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The obelisk is certainly a point of interest in Av 9 de Julio, about 1/3 the way from the south eastern end of the avenida. It stands in a small garden area in the centre of the avenida, with the bus way wrapped around it. You can get a good photo of the inscriptions with the mural of Eva Perron... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I guess some would call it a BA symbol or something, but there is really not much to remember about that thing, so unless you happened to be in the area, there is no point of going there.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Ah, the obelisk. Well, it's a big pointy thing. White stone. In the middle of a traffic choked boulevard. It stands erect. Pointing pointedly at the sky above. For something so big, it's curiously underwhelming. My home town has one similar: in pink Cairngorm granite, not as high but it's prettier. I'm not sure why it's there (a memorial to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

You simply cannot miss this monument because it's in the middle of the widest Av.9 July. It commemorates 400 years of Spanish first settlement in the area. It's lower than the Wash.DC one. Once you took pics, there's nothing more to do there.

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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 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.
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