Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour
The Obelisk is, throughout the world, the largest emblem of the city and its inhabitants, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York. Inaugurated in 1936 to remember the fourth centenary of the first founding of Buenos Aires, it is the work of the architect Alberto Prebisch, one of the main exponents of Argentine modernism and also of the neighboring Gran Rex Theater. It is located in the place where the national flag was raised for the first time in the city. Whoever visits Buenos Aires can not fail to photograph this monument, strategically located at the intersection of two of the most important avenues: 9 de Julio Avenue, among the widest in the world, and the “Corrientes” street, one of the main Cultural poles of the city.
With a total height of 67.5 meters and a base of 6.8 meters per side, the Obelisk has a single entrance door (looking towards Avenida Corrientes, behind which there is a marine staircase with 206 steps with 7 steps that It leads to the top. There is a viewpoint with four windows, visible from the street.
Is one of the main meeting places of political demonstrations and the celebration of sports achievements. To celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2011, a guided tour was organized for 75 neighbors, one for each year of life of the Obelisk.