Torre Monumental, Buenos Aires

Torre Monumental, Buenos Aires (must see)

El Torre Monumental (fka The British Clock Tower) is an Elizabethan-style clock tower donated to Buenos Aires by the British after completing the construction of Retiro Railroad Station Complex. It commands spectacular views of the port and railway station from the top.

The British Clock Tower was designed by Sir Ambrose McDonald Poynter and built between 1910 and 1916. It was built by the construction firm, Hopkins and Gardom. The white Portland stone and Leicester bricks used for construction were shipped from England. The technical personnel was also sent from England to supervise construction. The architectural style is Palladian and is adorned with symbols of the British Empire. It is 247 feet high with eight floors.

The defeat in the Falklands war fostered resentment against this clock which suffered vandalism over the years. It still functions but is now surrounded by a fence and is not open for visits. It is located across from Plaza San Martin, which offers a great overview of the clock and the plaza where it is located. However, a relatively short walk down steps and across an avenue will provide a close-up view of the clock and the inscriptions on the tower.

Tip:
To get the best view, go up the steps alongside the Islas Malvinas-Falkland Islands War Memorial to the top of the hill. The vista all around is spectacular and you are at the edge of the beautiful trees of San Martin park/plaza.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Buenos Aires, Argentina within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Sight Name: Torre Monumental
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Self-Guided Tour: Children's Attractions  

Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

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Self-Guided Tour: Children's Attractions

Self-Guided Tour: Children's Attractions

Children have great imaginations and are always full of ideas when it comes to entertaining themselves. Luckily, Buenos Aires offers some great children's entertainment spots so your kids will enjoy visiting the city as much as you will. This self-guided tour presents some of the most popular attractions for kids in Buenos Aires.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Gay Nightlife Walking Tour

Gay Nightlife Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
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
Best Nightclubs Tour

Best Nightclubs Tour

On visiting Buenos Aires, you will fall in love with its vibrant nightlife. The city is full of trendy night spots where locals and tourists alike can get together. Buenos Aires’ clubs are among the hottest in the world - here life is pulsing and passion burns. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in the city in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Tango Clubs Self-Guided Tour

Tango Clubs Self-Guided Tour

Buenos Aires is Argentina's most popular tourist destination. And it is the world capital when it comes to passion expressed in the rhythm of tango. This form of dance originated in the country and many of its styles were first developed here. So if you decide to spend your night moving in tango rhythms, here's our list of top tango spots in Buenos Aires.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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