Plaça del Portal de la Pau, Barcelona

The famous Christopher Columbus Monument, or Mirador de Colom, is located at the foot of the Rambla in Barcelona on what is known as Plaça de Colón facing the sea. The monument is located in the place where Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493 following his discovery of the Americas the previous year.

The Columbus monument comprises a 40 metre tall Corinthian column with a 7.2 metre bronze statue of the man himself sat atop. Columbus is said to be pointing to the New World with his right hand whilst his left hand holds a scroll. It is disputed as to whether he is actually pointing to the New World or his home town Genoa, in Italy.

Columbus also stands upon a globe bearing the inscription “tierra” (earth). Finally, at the base of the column a further statue of Columbus can be found, in addition to eight bronze relief panels depicting Columbus’ first Adventure to the Americas. Other symbolic figures also adorn the column.

The Christopher Columbus Monument was designed by Catalan architect Gaietà Buigas i Monravà for the Universal Exhibition in 1888 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. It was a technological sensation at the time as it featured the first ever hydraulic lift although now it houses a more modern one.

Columbus Monument Viewing Platform

You may not know it but the Columbus Monument features a viewing platform located in the pedestal. Visitors can actually take a lift to this visiting gallery, some 60 metres above the ground, where panoramic views of the port and city can be enjoyed.

Columbus Monument opening times:

Open all year round from 08:30 am to 8:30 pm.
Closed the 1st of January and the 25th of December.
Disabled access available.

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