The obelisk is a historical monument and its an icon of the city. It was built in 1935 due to the fourth centenary of the first foundation of Buenos Aires by Pedro de Mendoza. The obelisk is emplaced in the Plaza de la República at the intersection of Corrientes and 9 de Julio avenues at the San Nicolas neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. The work is authored by Argentine architect Alberto Prebisch.
With a total height of 223 feet and a base of 22,3 feet per side, the Obelisk has a single entrance door (facing Corrientes Avenue in a westerly direction), behind which there is a marine staircase with 206 steps With 7 breaks that lead to the top. There is a viewpoint with four windows, visible from the street. Currently, entry is prohibited.
It is located in a place where the national flag was first hoisted in the city. Those who visit Buenos Aires must visit this place and take some photos with this monument, which is strategically located at the intersection of two of the most important avenues: the 9 de Julio, among the widest in the world, and Corrientes Avenue, one of the main cultural centres from the city.
Prepare yourself to walk a bit along 9 de Julio Avenue, in its route, there is art, sculptures, even a replica of the Iguazu Falls you can find. On the avenue, you can also find restaurants and cafes, both fast food and for lunch or dinner. At the surroundings of the Obelisk, you will find a lot of tourists and office workers, if you stay neat the obelisk hotel you will have the pleasure of seeing this monument at dawn.
Among the advantages of lodging near this place are the accessibility of transport and the ease to move to other tourist places. The obelisk zone is a very central area it concentrates a lot of traffic and it could become very noisy. You should be careful near obelisk since its common to find pickpockets looking for tourists.
You can visit the obelisk every day for 24 hours a day for free. The exact address is Avenida Corrientes 1051, San Nicolás, Buenos Aires, Argentina.