Torre Monumental

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Torre Monumental
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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.
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Neighbourhood: Retiro
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 ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
How to get there
  • Retiro • 2 min walk
  • General San Martín • 7 min walk
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Luc S
Dendermonde, Belgium4,693 contributions
Mar 2022
This tower was nearby our hotel.
It was a gift from the British to the city.
You can visit the top for a nice view on the city.
In the centre of the Plaza San Martin. Nice and clean park.
Written 6 April 2022
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ6,752 contributions
Oct 2019
Tower (originally called the English Tower) was a gift of Buenos Aires's English expatriate community in 1916 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Argentina's May Revolution. Located in the center of Plaza San Martin. After the Falklands/Malvinas War in 1982, the Tower was renamed the Torre Munumental. Only viewed it from the outside -- didn't know about the 6th floor observation deck.
Written 5 April 2020
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Once this clock tower was Torre de los Ingleses (Tower of the English) in Plaza Britannica. Now it’s Torre Monumental (Monumental Tower) in Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (Argentine Air Force Plaza).

What happened?

The Falklands (Malvinas) War in 1982 between England and Argentina.

In 1910, the English gave this clock tower to Buenos Aires to celebrate the centennial of Argentina’s May Revolution. Ironically, it is now just across a wide boulevard from Monumento a Combatientes de Malvinas (Cenotaph to the Fallen of the Malvinas War) in Plaza San Martin.

Picturesque, yes, but the clock tower’s exterior shows signs of deterioration and neglect, either simply from age or perhaps because the Argentines purposely ignore it.

The interior is a different story. There’s a small museum on the lower level (worth a quick glance), but don’t miss the chance to ride an elevator (the restored but original Britsh machinery) to the sixth floor for spectacular views out over the city: Plaza San Martin, Plaza Canada, the Sheraton Buenos Aires, the port and the train stations. Cost when I went: only 100 Argentine pesos (about $1.60 US).
Written 21 March 2020
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AAHolt
United States3,477 contributions
Mar 2020
Torre Monumental is a distinctive landmark in Buenos Aires and it provides an interesting story about the history of the relationship between the British and Argentinian people. Great views and worth a visit.
Written 21 March 2020
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
Feb 2020
Back in Edwardian days, when British shipping still carried more cargo than any other nation’s, a brisk commerce connected the UK and Argentina, and a wealthy British commercial community was based in Buenos Aires. To honour the centennial of Argentine independence, the Brits decided to build a monumental clock-tower: the Torre de los Ingleses in the centre of Plaza Británica. For various reasons, including the death of Edward VII, the coronation of George V, the outbreak of the Great War, and problems with the help, the tower wasn’t actually inaugurated until 1916, and no one from the royal family braved the U-boats to grace the ceremony with their presence.

Since the Falklands War, this is now the Torre Monumental in Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina. The name change may have been expedited by a dynamite attack on the tower, but it was similar to name changes back in Blighty in 1916: the Saxe-Coburg & Gothas morphing into Windsors, and the Battenbergs rebranding themselves Mountbattens. The plaza’s renaming honours the Argentine air force which fought very well during the Malvinas campaign. Placing of the Monument to the Fallen of the Malvinas right across the street from the tower, is probably not sheer coincidence either.

Still, the tower’s quite British: the white limestone and red bricks had been shipped from England on British bottoms; the tower bells are based on the bells of Westminster abbey, and the rising sun and handshake of the Argentine coat of arms alternates with the lion and unicorn of the British royal coat of arms, above the four doors. Decorative elements include the English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh dragon and Irish shamrock. Had the tower been delayed another six years, until 1922, they could have skipped the shamrock.

The tower’s century-old lift has been modernized, and from the sixth floor balcony, you get a panoramic view of Plaza General San Martin and of the Rio de la Plata downstream. The northern views up the river and towards Recoleta, are less photogenic, because of the industrialized port and rail yards. Nevertheless, on a bright sunny day, with a refreshing wind coming up the river, this tower’s well worth seeing and going up, whether you’re Argentine, British, or neither. (See Torre 1 and Torre 2 photos).
Written 13 March 2020
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lowryepp
Epping, UK753 contributions
Mar 2020
Fascinating story about Argentinian / British relations; deeply ironic that the memorial to the dead of the Falklands / Malvinas war is almost in it's shadow.
Go up in lift, very cheap; views
Written 12 March 2020
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phillipk8
Newcastle, Australia802 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Staying near the tower and looking at it from my room decided it would be fun to go up and look at the view . Well it was . Situated in a great park and seemed to have great police protection it was well worth it and a walk in the green park as well after .
Written 4 March 2020
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sabatinitennis
London, UK3,622 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This once dirty old tower has had a great makeover recently. Now the route to the top is via a lift and you can walk right around the plinth and get some wonderful views. The cost is 109 pesos (less than 2 US dollars) and it is well worth it. I enjoyed my trip to the top!
Written 24 February 2020
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K T
Toronto, Canada1,071 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited Torre Monumental, aka a little Ben, a gift from the UK. 50 peso to go up to the 6th floor for the view of Retiro, port, and beyond. A good way to see the surrounding area.
Written 31 January 2020
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FTichy
Celebration, FL2,380 contributions
Jan 2020
Built by the British, it's known as Little Big Ben.

You can visit this squase and Plaza San Martin together, it'll make for a nice walk of a couple "must see sites" in Buenos Aires.

The history of the clock is more interesting than the clock itself, but it's a nice visit.
Written 31 January 2020
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