Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Obelisk


So you are thinking: What is the Washington Monument doing in the middle of Buenos Aires? Those thoughts are so "Estados Unidos céntricos". But to be honest even the Argentineans are a bit mystified as to why there is an obelisk in the middle of their city. Perhaps it has something to do with the Freemasons that may have had a part in planning the city design. This monument is theoretically located where the first flag was planted in Argentinean soil, when the city was founded some 400 years ago. Today this location is BA's version of Times Square in New York. All the major celebrations are held in or around this area. Although the photo doesn't show it the obelisk is in the middle of 9th de Julio Avenida which has something like 15 lanes across, let's just say it is very wide.

2 comments:

Amber said...

Wow, your posts have certainly been quite reflective. It does look like you are having a good time, and to go to a playoff soccer (futbol) game is amazing!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

-Amber

Marce said...

9 de julio is the widest avenue i've i ever seen, i thought is was the widest in the world, but it seems that there's another that holds the record con this category. And the obelisk is really nice, away from all the buenos aires apartments in the middle of 2 avenues intersection, as you can see in the picture it looks great.