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El Obelisco de Buenos Aires

 
 
El Obelisco de Buenos Aires Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, November 22, 2014
1. El Obelisco de Buenos Aires Marker
Inscription.
Lado del oriente:
Buenos Aires
a la República

En el IV Centenario de la fundación
de la ciudad por
Don Pedro de Mendoza.
II de Febrero de MDXXXVI.

Lado del sur (sin photo):
Segunda Fundación por
Juan de Garay
XI de junio de MDLXXX.

Lado del occidente (sin photo):
Ley dictada por el Congreso Nacional
el XX de septiembre de MDCCCLXXX
a iniciativa del Presidente
Nicolás Avellaneda
Decreto del Presidente Julio A. Roca
VI de diciembre de MDCCCLXXX.

Lado del norte (sin photo):
En este sitio
en la torre de San Nicolás
fue izada por primera vez
en la ciudad
la Bandera Nacional
el XXIII de agosto de
MDCCCXII.

English translation:
East side:

Buenos Aires
to the Republic

On the fourth century since the foundation
of the city by
Don Pedro de Mendoza.
February 2, 1536.

South side, not pictured:
Second Foundation by
Juan de Garay
June 6, of 1580.

West side, not pictured:
Federal Capital
Law enacted by the National Congress
September 20, 1860
At the initiative of the President
Nicolás Avellaneda
Decree of President Julio A. Roca
December
El Obelisco de Buenos Aires image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, November 22, 2014
2. El Obelisco de Buenos Aires
6, 1860.

North side (not pictured):
On this site
in the St. Nicholas tower
the National Flag
was hoisted for the first time
in the city
on August 23, 1812.

 
Erected 1936 by City of Buenos Aires.
 
Location. 34° 36.221′ S, 58° 22.894′ W. Marker is in Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. Marker is at the intersection of Avenida Corrientes and Avenida 9 de Julio on Avenida Corrientes. Click for map. The obelisk is located at the intersection of two major streets in downtown Buenos Aires in the Plaza de la Republica. Marker is in this post office area: Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires 1035, Argentina.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Recoleta Cemetery (approx. 2.1 kilometers away in Buenos Aires); La Librería de Avila (approx. 16 kilometers away in Buenos Aires).
 
Also see . . .
1. El Obelisco de Buenos Aires. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
2. History of Buenos Aires. (Submitted on November 28, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
 
Additional comments.
1. El Obelisco de Buenos Aires
The Obelisco on the Avenida 9 de Julio was erected in 1936 to commemorate the city's 400th anniversary. It looks like the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Within three years of its erection, the city council voted to demolish it for safety and aesthetic reasons, but did not accomplish it. It has been decorated as a Christmas tree, hung with a sign proclaiming Silence is Health, covered by a giant condom to commemorate World AIDS day, and made into a huge pencil. It is one of the major attractions of the city.
    — Submitted November 28, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.

 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
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