This monument is at the end of the Rambla, where it meets the Port.
It is a very tall monument with a 7m statue of Columbus pointing in direction (which is not in the direction of the New World).
There is a lift which transports you to the top (it seems very claustrophobic experience to me).
In the southern end of La Rambla is the 60 metre high Monument of Columbus standing. It was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1888. On top of a pillar is a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus pointing to the sea. Columbus arrived to Barcelona in 1493 after his discovery of America and it was here that he told the Spanish king and queen about it.
There is a lift inside the pillar going up to a platform. My intention was to go up to see the view, but when I arrived I was told it was closed for renovation. Otherwise it is open between 9 - 20.30 (May - Oct) and between 10 - 18.30 (Nov - Apr).
Once we settled in the hostel, after missing our flight, nothing quite like a walk along the pier boardwalk to cheep you up. Except for the kids grabbing our arms and prettending to be deaf and begging, it was the perfect introductio to the great city of barcelona. We saw Arc de Triomf, Port Well, and picasso art pieces, (huge), and finally colombus!
Do youself a favor, and walk as much as you can until your feet fall off! So many beautiful avenues to see, and absorb Barcelona. The palm trees, the water, the boats, the artistic streets and charming balcony buildings, all combine to make barcelona. i must live there or in spain when im older.
Some people claim that Columbus was in fact Catalan and not born in Genoa and the monument to him in Barcelona is situated at the spot where Columbus reprtedly landed a year after discovering America. The monument is situated in the centre of Plaça de la Porta de Pau at the bottom of La Rambla. The monument was designed by Gaietà Buigas i Monravà for the Universal exhibition of 1888.
The statue on top is of Columbus poining out to sea but surprisingly, unlike the monument in Huelva in Andalucia, Columbus is not pointing or facing towards the new world which he discovered.
The Christoffel Columbus was built in 1888 in honor of the renowned explorer and discoverer of America. At the center of the Plaça de la Porta de Pau (Square of the Gate of Peace) stands a monumental column topped by a statue of Christoffel Columbus. The 60m / 197ft high monument, known as the Monument a Colom, was designed by Gaietà Buigas i Monravà for the Universal exhibition of 1888.
The monument is placed at the site where Christoffel Columbus arrived in 1493 after his discovery of America the year before. Columbus was presumably born in Genoa, Italy. He first moved to Portugal and later settled in Spain. Nevertheless in the 19th century Columbus was considered a Catalan - some historians still claimed he was born in Catalonia, hence the monument for the famous explorer in Barcelona.
The 7m high statue shows a standing Columbus pointing towards the sea. Oddly enough, he is not pointing in the direction of the new world he discovered.
The column can be visited, a lift brings you to a platform from where you have an excellent view over the Rambla and Port Vell.
Built in 1888 to celebrate the discovery of America by Christopher Colombus & situated between Las Ramblas & the port area. This 60 m monument provides great views of the city from the viewing platform. The platform is reached by a small lift, as the viewing platform is enclosed it can get hot & crowded up there, but the views are worth it.
This was the first thing we did in Barcelona as we had an hour wait to check in at the Hotel Oasis. €3 to take the lift to the top which gives you good views of the city and the sea. A good way to spend half an hour.
This is a 60 meter column at the head of the old port, and marks the beginning of Las Ramblas. It was designed for the 1888 Universal Exhibition and marks the spot where Colombus stepped ashore in 1492. A lift to a viewing platform give great views of the city. There are also tourist boats leaving every 30 minutes from here.
located at the port end of the las ramblas is the monument a colom, (columbus monument). this monument marks the spot were columbus stepped ashore after his discovery of america in 1493. he was honored by the catholic monarchs in the salo del tinell. columbus brought back with him six caribbean indians who were converted to christianity at barcelona's cathedral.
Columbus discoverd America under the Spanish Flag in 1492.
you can check his Monument at the end of the Ramblas at the Harbor side.
Its possible to go up by an elevater and have a good view over Barcalona and the Ramblas.
On the other side of Las Ramblas from Placa de Catalunya. It's about 60 meters high with Columbus statue on the top pointing the sea direction. At the foot of monument, there are many basso-relievo telling the story of the giant.
The Monument a Colom (Columbus Monument) sits in the middle of a traffic-roundabout at the end of La Rambla, overlooking the harbour. This 60 metre high tower has a statue of Columbus sitting on its top.
Barcelona was the place Columbus returned to after his voyage of discovery to the Americas, and he is therefore thought of as one of the important 'sons' of the city.
The column was constructed in 1888, for the Universal Exhibition. There is a (very small) lift inside that you can catch to the top for some excellent views of the surrounding area. You can get a particularly good view along tree-lined La Rambla, which makes a great photo (you should be able to open one of the small windows to allow a better shot).
Opening Hours: 9am-8.30pm May-Oct and 10am-6.30pm Nov-Apr
Admission was 2.30 euro (Jan 2007)
I think it's great the honor that Catalan's people has given to Cristoforo Colombo.So as a classic tourist stop you have to admire the statue of an italian important person in a foreign city.You can arrive here also on foot just walking the ramblas in south direction,going to the beach.Colombo has a great imporance for the umanity with the discover of america,so i think it's right to give him a tribute.Barcellona is a city that don't forget heroes.
The Monument to Christopher Colubus was erected in 1886 for the Great Exhibition of 1888. The monument commemorates Colubus's return to Spain from his first visit to the America's. You can go up to the top of the monument by means of a small lift to see great city views.
At the bottom of Las Ramblas you'll find this giant monument to Christopher Columbus. He's pointing east, towards his "hometown" of Genoa, Italy. Inside, an elevator whisks you up to the top, giving you panoramic views of the city and the sea. It costs about EUR 2 to go up, and the small upper deck holds only a handful of people (maybe ten or twelve). If you ride the tourist bus, you'll get a coupon for discounted admission.