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Address: San Martin Y Marcelo T. de Alvear, El Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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+54 11 4311-0186

Built by British residents in 1916 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary...

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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Great story behind this and attractive building

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... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Peter W
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Bunbury, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 in the form of an Elizabethan frigate. The tower was renamed the Torre Monumental by... More 

Thank Dan L
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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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

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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
Torrance, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
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
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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 weekends for picnics etc.

Thank SaulloCastro
South America
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Reviewed 11 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 take it back to our hotel.

Thank jaimeelsabio
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Monument just between large avenues in the centre of BA. Invest 5 minutes to take a look and some photos. That's it

Thank Diego G
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

This is also called the British Clock Tower, as it was a gift from the British. You can't miss it if you're in the area - it stands out pretty well. It's good for a photo op, but the inside has been closed to the public for several years. It's also across the street to the park with the Islas... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

Worth a visit on your stroll through Plaza San Martin. This is a striking brown and green clock tower in the heart of the square.

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