Tuesday, June 1, 2010

El Obelisco as a Navigational Tool to the Milongas

El Obelisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A general understanding of the layout of Buenos Aires is essential for getting to and from the Milongas. A very prominent landmark to use as a center point is Obelisco. El Obelisco was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. It is located in the center of the Plaza de la Rupublica (Republic Square), the spot where the Argentine flag was flown for the first time in Buenos Aires, at the intersection of Nueve de Julio and Corrientes avenues. Its total height is 67 meters (220 ft) and its base area is 49 square meters (530 square feet). It was designed by architect Alberto Prebisch , and its construction took barely four weeks.

Obelisco is at the crossing of Ave 9 de Julio and 1000 Block of Corrientes Ave. So if you find yourself on the 1900 block of Corrientes after dancing Tango at El Beso Milonga, you will be 9 blocks east of Obelisco. A few blocks south of Obelisco is Rivadavia Ave. An important navigational detail about Rivadavia is that most if not all streets than run north and south, change their name at the crossing of Rivadavia, the 100 block of each street starts there going in both directions. On streets going East and West the 100 block starts just east of Puerto Madero, and some major Avenues continue up and beyond 6000 blocks.

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