The Obelisco turns 75

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The Obelisco, symbol of the City of Buenos Aires, celebrates its 75th anniversary on Monday, May 23rd 2011, with a tango and dance party.
The Obelisk, built in 1936 to commemorate the 400 years of the first foundation of the city, has been appointed as a national historic monument.
In the 30's, Buenos Aires suffered a major transformation. Diagonals North and South were opened, and also Corrientes street was widened. At the same time, Avenida 9 de Julio started to be built. The Obelisk was planned to become the center of the convergence of these avenues.
The construction of the Obelisk, on a design by architect Alberto Prebisch, started on March 20th, 1936, on the same spot where the National Flag was raised for the first time in the city in 1812. It was inaugurated on May 23rd the same year.
To celebrate this anniversary, on Monday, May 23rd, 2011, at 3:00 pm, there will be a recreation of the music of 75 years ago organized by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires. Tango singer Raul Lavie will sing the tango "Nostalgia", released in 1936. And the Tango Dance champions of the City will dance tangos, waltzes and milongas from that year also, at Corrientes and Av. 9 de Julio.

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