The Obelisco, symbol of Buenos Aires

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The Obelisco, symbol of the City of Buenos Aires, was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400 years of the first foundation of the city.

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.

It has been declared as a national historic monument.

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