Monument a Colon - Columbus Monument, Barcelona

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    Christopher Columbus Memorial

    by littlesam1 Written Sep 17, 2009

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    I love to see the various monuments when I visit a city. I find it a wonderful way to learn the history of the area. I take lots of photos of monuments, then when I return home I do research on the subjects of the memorials and have a valuable history lesson. Of course I did not need to do a lot of research about this monument. The memorial to Christopher Columbus is a fascinating column located at the foot of La Rambla in the Placa de la Porta de la Pau (Gate of Peace Square). The monument was erected in 1888. Columbus stands pointing out to sea.

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    Columbus monument

    by draguza Updated Sep 7, 2009
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    Christopher Columbus colum monument - right at the end of La Rambla near the Port area. This is located at the end of the ramblas at the port. It honors Columbus, whose statue is pointing to the sea. The statue is on top of a cast iron column that is more than 80 meters in height. The monument was built in 1886 by the architect Gaietà Buïgas i Monravà. The statue measures 7 meters high and is the work of the sculptor Rafael Atche. There is an elevator in the column that brings visitors to the foot of the statue

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    stunning views

    by henry14 Written Jul 23, 2009

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    For city views, the Columbus Monument at the lower end (port end) of Las Ramblas is certainly worth a visit. Take the lift to the viewing balcony at the top for stunning views. Although not recommended for anyone nervous as it does feel very high when you're up there - and sways if its windy! The balcony is also narrow and enclosed - not good for those who dont like confined spaces. But for the brave - highly recommended!

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    Columbus landed here

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 14, 2008

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    It is claimed that Columbus was Catalan and so the monument dedicated to his memory at Barcelona is erected at the spot where he is said to have landed on his return after discovering America. The place is called Plaça de la Porta de Pau and it is at the end of La Ramblas towards the port. The monument was build for the World Exposition of 1888.
    On top of the 60 metre high tower, there is a statue of Columbus pointing towards the sea. On top of the monument from the viewing platform, one can see a great view of the city. A small lift can take you up there.

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    by PierreZA Written Sep 13, 2008

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    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).

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    by MalenaN Written Apr 28, 2008

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    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).

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    Wonderful Walking tour

    by seasonedveteran Written Mar 13, 2008

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    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.

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    Columbus Monument

    by pure1942 Written Feb 24, 2008

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    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.

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    Columbus Monument

    by Joacim Written Dec 27, 2007
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    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.

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    Columbus Monument

    by tim07 Written Dec 24, 2007

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    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.

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    Good for the views

    by clmbsb Written Jul 9, 2007

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    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.

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    Colombus Monument

    by rcsparty Written Jul 8, 2007

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    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.

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    by doug48 Written Jun 24, 2007

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    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.

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    Columbus Monument

    by Dutch1980 Written Jun 4, 2007

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    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.

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    Monument a Colon

    by sylina Updated Apr 9, 2007

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    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.

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