Plaza Colon, Madrid

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    Monument to Christopher Columbus
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    Columbus Square

    by barbskie Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    The square is dedicated to Christopher Columbus thus the name. Also his Statue with a fountain and Monument made of concrete cement are the two features for his honor. Under the fountain , you will find the way to Centro Cultural de la Villa. The Discovery Gardens rounded up the place as a lovely area to relax.

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    Plaza de Colon - Columbus monument

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 27, 2006

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    Madrid - Plaza de Colon - Columbus monument

    One of the most esteemed citizens of Spain is Columbus. Monuments to this remarkable seafarer can be seen in many cities of Spain. As a rule, it is an obelisk with Columbus's figure at the top. It is quite natural to see such a monument as well In Madrid. It is installed on (in spanish Columbus is Colon). The memorial, devoted to the discovery of America is on this square. Though there are many doubt, whether there was Columbus the Spaniard on a nationality.

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    Points of orientation - Plaza Colón

    by El_Sueco Updated Aug 4, 2003

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    This two easy recognisable towers will indicate the Plaza Colón for you.
    Seeing this, you have behind your back the memory park of Christofer Columbus (Colón).
    The metro stations are Serrano, Colón.
    To the left of the picture there is the Madrid wax museum.

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    In memory of Cristofer Columbus - Plaza Colon

    by El_Sueco Updated Sep 24, 2003

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    Map over Columbus journey

    Under the water cascades at Plaza Colon there is the Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid.
    Go down there and look at the stone map that describes the journey by Columbus. The dates and boats are indicated.
    This picture just shows a part of it.
    (I have always had difficulties to remember the names of the ships, until I some times ago got the explanation: The three ships were named after three prostitutes: La Pinta (the painted), La Ninja (the girl) and Maria la Galanta. As this not was a suitable name for the main ship of Columbus when going on this great journey, they changed the name to Santa Maria.)

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    The discovery

    by Urzu Written Feb 4, 2008

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    Of course being in Spain, you will find many different monuments as a homage to the discovery of America, or to Christopher Columbus himself. In Madrid we have to Plaza Colón (Columbus square), where you can find a 17 meter hight monument to him, built in the late 19th century. Also you will be able to see a homage to the discovery itself, the sailors, the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria, which was built in the 70's. It might be nice to havea short walk around the square, sit down on a bench and enjoy the view! And please, don't let the Colón towers spoil the view for you... I'm telling you this buildings (and no offense to the architect!) have to be the ugliest in Madrid!

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    Plaza de Colón

    by agarcia Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Woman in red

    Actually, the name of this square is "Plaza de la Hispanidad", though I think everybody in the city knows it as Plaza de Colón, or just Colón (Spanish version for Columbus). The reason for that name is the huge statue dedicated to the memory of Spain's most famous trickster; the one that sell an impossible history to the Kings of Spain regarding an unknown route to the East... sailing to the West. Yeah, whatever, as if the world where round ;-)

    At the feet of Columbus, there's a beautiful artificial waterfall, which is actually one of the most refreshing places to be in Madrid during a torrid summer afternoon. Special thanks to my beautiful model ;-)

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    dedicated to Columbus

    by mindcrime Written Sep 18, 2008

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    plaza Colon

    Colón square is dedicated to the famous Columbus and has a statue of Columbus standing on the top of a tall column. The monument was built in 1885 but the square took the name Colon in 1893. Columbus points west towards the lands he discovered.
    There is always traffic around square with cars and buses but the waters will attract your attention for a while. Under the plaza you can visit the Cultural center of Madrid city. Check also the sculptures of Turcios on calle Serrano.

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    Columbus Memorial

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    We have all heard of Christopher Columbus, the great navigator who , history tells us, discovered the New World.

    This memorial is certainly worth visiting. Well located with many other interesting buildings, gardens etc close by.

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    Get dry under the waterfall

    by Joacim Written Jan 30, 2007

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    Though the plaza is named after Columbus, the gardens are refered to as the Gardens of Discovery. The Colon bus stop is but one of the attractions under the plaza, the Cultural Center "de la Villa de Madrid" is also located beneath the plaza. At the base of the Columbus Monument is a fountain with a huge cascade of water. At the ends of the fountain are stairs leading down under the cascade, take them to check out the Cultural Center.

    On the plaza you also find the Torre Colon. In spite of the looks the two towers are actually built independently with two independent concrete cores. It is 116 m high with 23 floors. All the floors “hang” from a large structure built in the top floors. The green copper crown was added after the building was finished and from that the building is known by Enchufe (plug-in). The architext was Antonio Lamela martinez.

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    Plaza Colon

    by acemj Updated Dec 17, 2002

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    This square is dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the statue seen in this picture is a smaller version of the one that sits at the end of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Underneath the square is the Centro Cultural de la Villa. You'll enter the Cultural Center by walking down behind a sheet of water that cascades from a fountain above. Behind the plaza is Calle Serrano, which is one of the best shopping streets in the city.

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    Monumental figure of Cristobel Colon

    by fachd Updated May 25, 2009

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    The monument picture of Cristobel Colon (Christopher Columbus) statue was taken from the bus during our Madrid city tour. Looking from the bus the monument looks impressive. Critobel Colon (Christopher Columbus) is standing upright at the top of the tall column holding a flag. His left hand is pointing to the west towards his new discovery.

    The neo-gothic monument of Cristobel Colon (Christopher Columbus), the great discoverer was built in 1885. The monument with surrounding cascading fountain are located at Plaza de Colon Martinez district.

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    Monumento a Colón

    by andal13 Written Dec 18, 2003

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    Colón (Columbus) is standing at the top of a column at this nice square, close to Jardines del Descubrimiento. He dallies wathcing the busy traffic of Paseo de la Castellana.

    Colón está de pie en lo alto de una columna en esta bella plaza, junto a los Jardines del Descubrimiento. Se entretiende mirando el tránsito bullicioso del Paseo de la Castellana

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    Plaza Colón - Water fountains

    by El_Sueco Written Aug 4, 2003

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    Plaza Colon - Water fountain

    This monument over Cristofer Columbus (Colón) is a water fall, with abundance of water. Under the falls are the Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid.
    Go down there and have a "rest" from the heat in the sun.

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    Plaza Colon

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jul 9, 2013

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    Monument to Christopher Columbus

    This monument was a bit of a surprise really. Located along some very busy avenues and seemingly surrounded by skyscrapers, there is a plaza honoring Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish) . The one in the photo is the 1886 statue of Columbus by Jeronimo Suñon, there is another set of sculptures across the plaza that is more modern.

    There is a large fountain and gardens (Jardines del Descubrimiento) . It seems odd, but beneath the plaza is a cultural center which includes the city's municipal art center, exhibitions and a theater.

    Nearby you will find the fashionable Serrano, a pricey shopping area. There is also the Museo Archeologico Nacional- the National Archeology Museum which has a very interesting collection that includes Roman mosaics, Moorish arches and a crown from the Visigoths.

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    Torre de Colon

    by keeweechic Written Sep 23, 2009

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    The Torre de Colon was built in 1976 at a height of 102metres. A twin tower building, it was designed by Antonio Lamela and is one of the dominating structures in the Plaza de Colon. The building is known to locals as ‘The Plug’ or ‘El Enchufe’ because of the centrepiece between the two towers.

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