Obelisk of Buenos Aires, the history and details about the representative icon of the city in front of the view of the rest of the world.
Greater emblem of the population and of the city, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York. In this case, it is located in the same place where the National Flag was hoisted for the first time.
An exponent of national modernism, the renowned architect Alberto Prebisch was in charge of carrying out this work that was inaugurated in 1936 as a tribute to the fourth centenary of the First Foundation of the city.
It is a concrete construction with a total height of 67.5 meters, with a base of 6.8 meters on each side. It has an entrance door that faces Corrientes Avenue and weighs about 70 tons in total. Behind the door, there is a marine-style staircase with 7 landings among its 206 steps, which leads to the top of the monument. In it is the viewpoint with 4 windows that can be seen from anywhere you stop to contemplate this work. Although the entrance to the viewpoint is only on special occasions, the view is a perfect panoramic view of complete Buenos Aires.
Its location is strategic, becoming the center of attention, since it is located between the intersection of two very important avenues for Buenos Aires: Corrientes Avenue (Buenos Aires cultural center, where the best theaters are located) and 9th of July Avenue (widest avenue in the world!). The Obelisk, is part of the Republic Square, in the middle of the Buenos Aires Downtown. Formerly, this was where the Church of San Nicolás de Bari was located, which was demolished for the construction of 9th of July Avenue.
The Obelisk is frequently used as a meeting point, as well as being a focus for manifestations or sports celebrations. For this reason, it is considered an area of constant circulation, in addition to being in a location with a high flow of people.
At night, lights are projected that are reflected on its walls, according to different events such as national holidays, special commemorations or colors that represent some other characteristic such as pink for the fight against breast cancer, for example. The most common is to see the colors of the National Flag reflected.
It is impossible for you not to see this monument and without hesitation, it will attract your attention. On the opposite sidewalk stands a “BA” sign from where you can take a beautiful picture and get a full angle of the Obelisk. Clearly, it is a strategic point for photos!
Buenos Aires is recognized for its immense Obelisk as an emblem, for this very reason, we recommend you visit it when you come to the city.
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