One of the best things of Buenos Aires is just how many stuff there is to see in any given week. Take this week, for example. In the upcoming days there will be at least two new top-notch exhibits opening: a never-before-seen Queen photo exhibit and a solo show by Leandro Erlich, whom many refer to as the Argentine Banksy. And these are just *temporary* exhibits. You can only imagine how many things are there just waiting for you to include them on any of your sightseeing adventures. Have you been to Palacio Barolo, for example? Have you visited Gardel’s tomb at the Chacarita Cemetary? Do you even know what Lanín street is? I could go on and on. This city truly has it all.
But one thing that was missing was the possibility of going up the Torre de los Ingleses (also known as Torre Monumental), that Renaissance-styled clock tower in the plaza across from the Retiro train station that has been closed for over 15 years. Until now. The tower has finally been reopened after a long period of restoration and visitors can actually go up to the balcony, located 35 meters from the ground, via elevator.
Made by the same company behind the world-famous Big Ben in London (Gillett & Johnston) the Torre Monumental was built in 1916. It’s known as the Torre de los Ingleses (English Tower) because all of the construction materials were brought from England and even the construction workers and technical staff were British. The tower has had quite the history behind it: after the Malvinas War ended in 1982 it became very common for the tower to be vandalized by locals. In some cases, the doors were lit on fire and once a bomb exploded, damaging most of the first floor.
The tower has an enviable location that oversees Plaza San Martín, the WeWork building, the Kavanagh building, and Retiro. In fact, when the skies are clear, you can actually see Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay from the balcony. Visiting hours are from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Monday to Friday and 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on weekends and holidays. The price of admission is AR $100, although Wednesdays are free. Students, retirees, and people with disabilities can enter for free at all times, as well as kids under the age of 11 and groups of students from public schools.