"BUENOS AIRES : EL OBELISCO AND AVENIDA 9 DE JULIO" Argentina Things to Do Tip by swesn

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  The Obelisk at sun-set
by swesn

Avenida 9 de Julio is reputed to be the widest avenue in the world. At one place, there are up to 9 lanes on each side, in other words, 18 lanes wide. Traffic is always busy here. You need to cross the avenue in a few stages.

The monument right smack in the middle is El Obelisco (The Obelisk) on Plaza de la Republica. This obelisk commemorates the 400th anniversary of the city's founding. This is the crux of Buenos Aires traffic as it can be viewed from various straight avenues radiating out from it, Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Corrientes and the Diagonal Roque Saenz Pena.

Staring up at the tip of the immense obelisk as you cross the avenue, you would somewhat Feel.The.Earth.Move.Under.Your.Feet. Or could it be from the 18 lanes of traffic on both sides that are causing the tremors?

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2006
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