Buenos Aires: The Obelisco

The Obelisco is a monument that consitutes so many postards of Buenos Aires that it had to be inlcuded here.


It is a 68 meter tall obelisk shaped monument, built for the 400th anniversary of Buenos Aires.

It's located in the middle of 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in Latin America.

It was built by a German company in only 31 days and it required the demolition of the church located in the spot.


The location was chosen after this church being the first place in which the Argentinian flag was ever waved.

It might seem as its head has the shape of a pointy piramyd but its top is actually blunt and has a lightning conductor.

Just as Plaza de Mayo is used for political manifestations, the Obelisco is used for artistical pourposes.


A few years ago, it was covered in a pink rubber condom to commemorate AIDS day.