MONUMENTAL TOWER

Formerly called the English Tower

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MONUMENTAL TOWER

Formerly called the English Tower

  • Av. del Libertador 49

Formerly called the English Tower, the Monumental Tower is located in the center of the Argentine Air Force Square; between the Retiro train terminal and the Sheraton Hotel. Originally it was a gift that the British community made to Argentina on the occasion of the first centenary of the May Revolution, in 1910. But because of the First World War, and because the gas company that was installed in the plaza had recently vacated the place in 1912, the Tower was inaugurated in 1916.

With a height of 60 meters, it contains a clock of four meters in diameter on each of its faces. Its chimes mimic those of Westminster Abbey and also ring every quarter hour. The dome is made of bronze and it looks green due to the rust that formed over the years and the weather.

Hint: although currently you cannot climb the tower, you can see a small photographic exhibition on the ground floor of it. It is recommended to go to see it not only by day but also by night, since it is very well lit and you can obtain beautiful photographs.

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