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Torre Monumental

San Martin Y Marcelo T. de Alvear, El Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4311-0186
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Built by British residents in 1916 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Revolution of May, the Torre Monumental is a memorable sight to most visitors who walk through Buenos Aires.
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good57%
  • Average23%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“big ben” (8 reviews)
“clock tower” (6 reviews)
San Martin Y Marcelo T. de Alvear, El Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4311-0186
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

In the days when UK and Argentina had a very close relationship this Tower was donated to the Argentine people. Hence it was called the English Tower. Not surprisingly the word English was dropped after the Falkland war! Lovely piece of architecture

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 September 2017

What made this menument ironic is that the Argentine Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas memorial to those who died in this conflict is literally situated across the road from the English Clock Tower. The tower is a gift from the English to Argentina in the 1800s. They...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This towering building reminded me of other clock towers I have visited in the world, including England, the Netherlands and South Africa. This is not surprising given the fact that this tower was a gift from British residents of Buenos Aires; the designers, builders and...More

Thank jonahNJ
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Across from Plaza San Martín, this 76m-high clock tower was a donation from the city’s British community in 1916 and built with materials shipped over from England to mark Argentina's hundred-year anniversary of the May Revolution.The clock at the top of the tower is made...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

This was the English Watch Tower as was a gift from England. However the name was changed for political reasons in the early 1980s Attractive Tower in the middle of a large open space Shame it's not open to the public when I was there

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Formerly called the Torre de los Ingleses, this clock tower is said to be modelled on Big Ben in London. It's located adjacent to the railway station and worth a quick photo. It isn't spectacular, but something which represents Argentina.

Thank mikesierra
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This tower was made by English and given by English. So to me it was not that impressive. It looks like a fake Big Ben

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Despite they changed the name in 1982 to Torre Monumental, the old name Torre de los Ingleses is still very popular. Great spot to take some nice pictures and visit. In front of this tower you find a very nice square popular among locals on...More

Thank SaulloCastro
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

The tower is nice, but quite boring. The story behind it is interesting though, but you have to look that up on the Internet or get a guide - we didn't find anything about that at the site.

Thank TwoAndAHalfTraveller
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Torre Monumental is a nice tower but that's about it. It would have been nice to go into it, but it was closed when we were there. It's right next to the Retiro metro stop so we were able to pick up the sube and...More

Thank jaimeelsabio
Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings
combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to
make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy
sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to
and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied
by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the
port, mean this neighbourhood is never truly at rest.
One minute you are walking down a street dotted with
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