Torre Monumental
Torre Monumental
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Built by British residents in 1916 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Revolution of May, the Torre Monumental is a memorable sight to most visitors who walk through Buenos Aires.
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Neighborhood: Retiro
Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the port, mean this neighborhood is never truly at rest. One minute you are walking down a street dotted with ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
How to get there
  • Retiro • 2 min walk
  • General San Martín • 7 min walk
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Tower (originally called the English Tower) was a gift of Buenos Aires's English expatriate community in 1916 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Argentina's May Revolution. Located in the center of Plaza San Martin. After the Falklands/Malvinas War in 1982, the Tower was renamed the Torre Munumental. Only viewed it from the outside -- didn't know about the 6th floor observation deck.
Written April 5, 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The Torre Monumental, among a myriad other gems in BA, is worthy of selfies and photo ops and all the buzz it deserves. Located adjacent to Plaza San Martin near the train station Retiro, this structure sits accessible to many modes of transport and other urban offerings. It’s in a safe, clean, vibrant area. While it doesn’t take much of your time (pun intended), I strongly encourage Buenos Aires visitors to view the Torre Monumental at least once.
Written May 31, 2022
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Reservarlden
London, UK709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Magnificent views from within and friendly helpful staff. This building was previously named The English Tower. I visited the tower during a visit to BA some years ago however on that occasion I did not take the opportunity to view from teh sixth floor. This time I rectified that and what a refreshing walk around you get. As of February 2023 the cost is 500ARS (250 for Argentines) and is well worth ten minutes of your time.
Written February 20, 2023
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K T
Toronto, Canada1,252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited Torre Monumental, aka a little Ben, a gift from the UK. 50 peso to go up to the 6th floor for the view of Retiro, port, and beyond. A good way to see the surrounding area.
Written January 31, 2020
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FTichy
Celebration, FL2,348 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Built by the British, it's known as Little Big Ben.

You can visit this squase and Plaza San Martin together, it'll make for a nice walk of a couple "must see sites" in Buenos Aires.

The history of the clock is more interesting than the clock itself, but it's a nice visit.
Written January 31, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Good views of the city and surrounding area. From the upper viewing deck, one can view the surrounding area from all four sides of the Torre Monument. Great place from which to take selfies.
Written October 26, 2022
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Back in Edwardian days, when British shipping still carried more cargo than any other nation’s, a brisk commerce connected the UK and Argentina, and a wealthy British commercial community was based in Buenos Aires. To honour the centennial of Argentine independence, the Brits decided to build a monumental clock-tower: the Torre de los Ingleses in the centre of Plaza Británica. For various reasons, including the death of Edward VII, the coronation of George V, the outbreak of the Great War, and problems with the help, the tower wasn’t actually inaugurated until 1916, and no one from the royal family braved the U-boats to grace the ceremony with their presence.

Since the Falklands War, this is now the Torre Monumental in Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina. The name change may have been expedited by a dynamite attack on the tower, but it was similar to name changes back in Blighty in 1916: the Saxe-Coburg & Gothas morphing into Windsors, and the Battenbergs rebranding themselves Mountbattens. The plaza’s renaming honours the Argentine air force which fought very well during the Malvinas campaign. Placing of the Monument to the Fallen of the Malvinas right across the street from the tower, is probably not sheer coincidence either.

Still, the tower’s quite British: the white limestone and red bricks had been shipped from England on British bottoms; the tower bells are based on the bells of Westminster abbey, and the rising sun and handshake of the Argentine coat of arms alternates with the lion and unicorn of the British royal coat of arms, above the four doors. Decorative elements include the English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh dragon and Irish shamrock. Had the tower been delayed another six years, until 1922, they could have skipped the shamrock.

The tower’s century-old lift has been modernized, and from the sixth floor balcony, you get a panoramic view of Plaza General San Martin and of the Rio de la Plata downstream. The northern views up the river and towards Recoleta, are less photogenic, because of the industrialized port and rail yards. Nevertheless, on a bright sunny day, with a refreshing wind coming up the river, this tower’s well worth seeing and going up, whether you’re Argentine, British, or neither. (See Torre 1 and Torre 2 photos).
Written March 13, 2020
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VAPilot
Vienna, VA407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Magnificent 75 m brick clock tower right opposite the road from the General San Martin park. This was gifted to Argentina by the local British community in the early 20th century. Some still call it the "Englishmen's" tower though after the 1982 war it was re-named to "Monument Tower." Great spot for a picture in downtown Buenos Aires.
Written December 4, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A beautiful, 60-metres in height, clock tower sitting close to the centre of a small park, on the other side of the street of the Sheraton hotel. It was a gift commissioned by British residents living in Buenos Aires, and completed in 1916.
Written February 19, 2024
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AAHolt
United States3,663 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Torre Monumental is a distinctive landmark in Buenos Aires and it provides an interesting story about the history of the relationship between the British and Argentinian people. Great views and worth a visit.
Written March 21, 2020
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