Monument a Colon - Columbus Monument, Barcelona

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    Monument a Colom

    by sue_stone Written Feb 27, 2007

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    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)

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    The direction for the new world

    by Alex_71 Written Sep 24, 2006

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    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.

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    St. Columbas Column

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    Just Looking

    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.

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    by Jetgirly Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Eastward Ho!

    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.

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    Monument to Columbus - Monumento Colón

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    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

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    View from the Columbus monument

    by spanishguy Written Jul 13, 2006

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    If you decide to "climb" the Columbus monument you'll see a nice view its surroundings: the port, Montjuic, Las Ramblas... There is a very small round elevator which takes you to the view-point. It's very small too and there can be just 10 persons at the same time there, so if there are a lot of people waiting they can limit your observation time. The problem I found here is that the windows are fully covered of glass and it's a little bit dirty in some parts. That's why you can see some of my pictures with "black dots".

    VISTAS DESDE EL MONUMENTO A COLÓN
    Si decides "escalar" el monumento a Colón verás una bonita vista de sus alrededores: el puerto, Montjuic, Las Ramblas... Hay un ascensor muy pequeño que te lleva al mirador. Este es muy pequeño también y puede haber en él un máximo de 10 personas al mismo tiempo, así que si hay mucha gente esperando pueden limitar tu tiempo allí. El problema que encontré es que las ventanas están completamente cubiertas por cristal que está un poco sucio en algunos lugares. Por eso puedes ver algunos "puntos negros" en mis fotos.

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    MONUMENT A COLOM

    by hevbell Updated May 23, 2006

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    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

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    Monument a Colon

    by dazsin Written May 12, 2006

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    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!

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    Colombus Monument

    by fishandchips Updated May 10, 2006

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    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.

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    He's pointing the wrong way!!

    by alisonr Written Dec 31, 2005

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    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!!

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    The Columbus Monument

    by viddra Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    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.

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    Reminds me of Gothenburg...

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Dec 3, 2005

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    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.

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    End of the Ramblas

    by rexvaughan Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Which way is he pointing

    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.

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    The End of Las Ramblas

    by emilybcn Written May 15, 2005

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    The Columbus Statue

    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.

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    Cristoforo Columbo

    by dlandt Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    Cristoforo Colombo

    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.

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