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The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires

The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires

The Obelisk of Buenos Aires stands at the intersection of the two most important roads of the city. Erected to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Buenos Aires, it has over the years become the main symbol of the city.

The Obelisk of Buenos Aires was designed by architect Alberto Plebisch who was famous for constructing Tucuman modernist structures. It was built by the German construction company, G.E.O.P.E. - Siemens Bauunion - Grün & Bilfinger who completed construction in a record 31 days. The location chosen was that of the demolished San Nicholas of Bari church where the Argentine Flag was first hoisted in 1812. It was made of concrete and Olaen white stone from the Cordoba region.

The Obelisk of Buenos Aires was inaugurated in May1936. It is 67.5 meters high and ends in a lightning rod. There is one entrance and one can reach the top to view the city from the four windows at the summit by climbing 206 steps. The monument has suffered vandalism and covered with graffiti with political overtones. Some Argentine dictators have placed forbidding signs on the obelisk. It is also the venue of celebrations caused by Argentine sporting victories, music concerts, political demonstrations, religious congregations and candlelight vigils.

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Sight Name: The Obelisk of Buenos Aires
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Creating your own self-guided walk in Buenos Aires is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Old buildings are like mirrors of the past that reveal a little part of the history of a given place. There's much to admire in a historical building, whether its the architectural elements, the style or the décor that grabs you. Here in Buenos Aires, if you walk within its historical buildings, you can enter the history of the city and the spirit of the Argentine people.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 Km or 4.5 Miles
Popular Art Galleries and Cultural Centers Walking Tour

Popular Art Galleries and Cultural Centers Walking Tour

Buenos Aires is a fabulous cultural center, both for Argentina and for the whole of Latin America. Its galleries and cultural centers are not only spaces for art to be exhibited, but also for new and original art works to be created. In these centers you can meet old masters giving lessons to young talented artists, and participate at different workshops and courses offered in the arts such as...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Gay Friendly Self-Guided Tour

Gay Friendly Self-Guided Tour

Buenos Aires is one of most popular gay destinations. It is an open-minded city where gays and lesbians can socialize freely in plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants. It's a city where the locals are gay friendly and accept gay tourists as a natural feature of Buenos Aires. Here you'll find some top tips on where to go and where to find some of the city's most popular gay...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Buenos Aires without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Buenos Aires, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
History and Science Museums Tour

History and Science Museums Tour

To visit a museums of history or science is like opening a book that tells you everything about the spirit of a country's citizens and the essence of their local traditions. Often historically significant in themselves architecturally, these buildings act as a ready-made guide to the history and scientific achievements of Buenos Aires. Take our tour and discover the most important museums of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Best Known Churches Tour

Best Known Churches Tour

You may be surprised by the great number of churches, chapels and cathedrals around Buenos Aires. There are plenty of well known and frequently visited churches around the city, which is divided into 24 parishes and sub-parishes - each with a church of its own.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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