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Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk

Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk

Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk

Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk (downtown Buenos Aires) – this multi-lane boulevard is the world’s widest avenue.  It’s named after Argentina’s Independence Day (July 9th).  The avenue runs from the Retiro district in the north to Constitucion station in the south, roughly one kilometer to the west of the Rio de la Plata waterfront.  Work to widen this avenue began in the later 1930s and was completed in the 1960s.  In some ways, it resembles other major boulevards around the world (such as Madrid’s Castellana), and it would fit into metropolises like New York or Paris.  In fact, when some refer to Buenos Aires as the “Paris of South America” – Avenida 9 de Julio is one of the reasons why.

 

The Obelisk was erected in 1936 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of Buenos Aires.  Located in the middle of the Plaza de la República (at the intersection of Avenidas Nueve de Julio and Corrientes), the Obelisk’s total height is 49 m2. Various cultural activities are held there, and soccer fans celebrate their teams’ victories there.

 

Line C of the Buenos Aires Metro runs for a stretch under the avenue.  Line A, Line B, Line D, and Line E have stations when their course intersects the avenue.  Interestingly, lines B, C, and D share a station underneath the Obelisk, which is the focal point of the subway system and features a commercial gallery which also serves as an underpass.