This monument is one of the unmistakable city features. It was erected in 1886, for the 1888 Universal Exhibition, by Gaietà Buïgas commemorating the reception the Catholic Monarchs gave to Columbus in Barcelona once he arrived from America the first time. The statue is 7 metres tall and the whole monument has more than 51 metres high. There are sculptures depicting the Kings Elisabeth and Ferdinand, allegorical figures and lions at the column base. A small round lift goes from the base of the monument to the viewing gallery, which offers excellent views.
Este monumento es uno de los símbolos inconfundibles de la ciudad. Fue erigido en 1886, para la Exposición Universal de 1888, por Gaietà Buïgas conmemorando la recepción que los Reyes Católicos dieron a Colón en Barcelona cuando volvió de su primer viaje a América. La estatua tiene 7 metros de alto y todo el monumento tiene más de 51 metros de altura. Hay esculturas en la base representando a los Reyes Isabel y Fernando, figuras alegóricas y leones. Un pequeño ascensor redondo va desde la base del monumento al mirador, el cual ofrece unas excelentes vistas.
Visiting hours / Horario de visita
Mondays to Sundays / Lunes a domingos: 9:00 - 20:30
Right at the bottom of Las Ramblas, almost like the dot of an exclamation mark, is the Monument a Colom. At the top is a statue of Christopher Columbus pointing out to sea. I didn't go up it but there is apparently a viewing platform that can be reached via a lift so you can get views of the harbour and city
A huge pillar at the end of La Rambla, This is a monument to Christopher Columbus. It costs (may 2006) €2.30 to go up to the top in the elevator. It is well worth it for the views of the harbour. Very cramped at the top!
This monument stands proud down near the warf and at the bottom end of the Ramblers. The man in question set sail from here and theoretically discovered the Americas though this is now hotly disputed (with the Vikings the theoretical discoverers!?). It was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition. You can go up it if you want for around 2 euros.
This monument to Christopher Columbus who was Spanish and went off to discover America. It is located at the port end of Las Ramblas. He is meant to be pointing to America but he is pointing in the opposite direction!!
The Columbus Monument's located at the bottom of La Rambla, by the sea. This major landmark was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and commemorates the discovery of America.
The monument's divided into 3 parts. The 1st, circular 1, is raised by 4 stairways, 6m wide, and has 8 iron heraldic lions, modeled by Josep Carcasso. You can also see 8 bronze bas-reliefs depicting Columbus' principal feats. These are in fact replicas of the destroyed originals, modeled by Josep Llimona and Antoni Vilanova.
The 2nd part's the octagonal base of the column with 4 statues representing the kingdoms of Catalonia, Aragon, Castile and Leon.
The 3rd part's the column itself. It's 51.30m high with the bronze statue of Columbus on top. The statue was done by Rafael Atche.
Inside the column, there's a lift that can take you up to the viewing gallery, 60m above the ground, for a panoramic view of the city.
The Columbus-momument (called Colon, since that is the name of Columbus in spanish apperantly) immediately made me think of my hometown Gothenburg. Columbus, 60 meters up in the air seems to point at something. The ocean, or the New world?
In Gothenburg there is another statue, much closer to the ground, where Gustaf II Adolf, the king who founded the city of Gothenburg points out and, according to the legend, says "here will the city be".
Not really sure why I think about Gothenburg when I see Columbus, but it's something about the way he points out with his finger I guess...
The monument is huge though, and looks really impressing. You'll see it quite early on your stroll down on Las Ramblas.
Unfortunately I found out too late that it's possible to go to the top of the statue, via an elevator (cost 2,20 euro) from where it's supposed to be a great view.
But also from the ground it's impressing to look up at Columbus, with the sky in the background.
The statue is more than 110 years old, built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition in the city.
This monument to Christopher Columbus stands just beside the harbor where, presumably Ferdinand and Isabella welcomed him home from his first trip to America. He is said to be pointing to the New World, but I have no sense of direction so can't attest to it. The monument is 50 meters tall and yu can go for a view from the top but we had already been to Mount Juic and Tibidabo so didn't go up. One writer (Rick Steves) found it ironic that Barcelona honors the man whose discoveries eventually led to its downfall as a great trading power.
You have to click the photo to get the full view.
The Columbus statue marks the end of Las Ramblas and the beginning of the port and maremagnum. At it's feet there are large lion sculptures kids love to climb and get pictures on. You can go inside and get a view from the top for a couple of euro, although I never did, instead get a view from the roof of La Catedral La Seu.
This is a large, and very impressively done monument to Christopher Columbus. Some Catalans believe that Columbus wasn't really Italian, and hailed from a Barcelona merchant family with a career in piracy. I don't know if that tale inspired the monument, or if Columbus just sailed from Barcelona, but the monument exists down on the waterfront, at the foot of Las Ramblas.
Shown here is the artwork at the base. A full sized photo is shown in my Assorted Pics travelogue.
At the end of las Ramblas, looking to the sea (Maremagnum and Olympic Village) you will find the Christopher Columbus Statue. It was recently renovated.
On a curious note, the statue is done incorrectly with Columbus pointing in the wrong direction.
Anyway you cannot miss it.You just need to walk the Las Ramblas, and there, near the sea you will find the Mirador de Colomb.
I don't think it worth going up the monument by the lift, coz you can have a better view of Barcelona from other places
This famous monument commemorates the return of the Italian anvigator Chirstopher Colombo from the shores of the New World and his meeting, after this trip, with the Spanish souvereigns in Tinell Hall in the Royal Palace of Barcelona. The monument was built at the end of 19th century after designs by Gaieta Buigas. It was inaugurated in the spring of 1888 and consists of an iron column about 51 meters high. The statue of Columbus is in bronze and about 8 meters high.
This statue, conveniently located at the end of "Las Ramblas" allows you to climb (there's a lift) to the top of the pillar (up 60m, right beneath Columbus's feet) and will give you a good panoramic view over the city. On each window there is a sticker indicating the main attraction you will see looking in that direction.
It was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and commemorates the discovery of America. It is apparently supposed to be pointing at the New World, but is actually pointing in the wrong direction.
I always like these "outlooks" to help complement the information you read on the maps.
It is quite a tight space, so if you are claustrophobic this might not be for you.
The entrance fee is 2.20 Eur (Jan 2005).
Just at the end of the Ramblas, before the Rambla del Mar, you'll find a narrow tall column with Columbus on top, pointing his finger to the New World. Surrounded by the monument there are beautiful buildings, such as the Customs Building, the Navy building and of course, the Mediterranean Sea at front. You can go inside the column and climb to the top, for a fantastic view of the city. I didn't go up. Too tight. I'm a big guy and not used to small spaces. But you can try it.