The Columbus Monument (Mirador De Colom) Is located along a large roundabout along the intersections of Passeig de Colom, Passeig de Josep Camer, Avenida De Les Drassanes and at the southern end of the cheeky La Rambla. This Columbus Monument was built in 1888 in time for the Barcelona World Exposition as a homage to Christopher Columbus,who discovered the New World under the service of The Spanish Monarchs, even though he was Genoese Italian and he reported his discovery to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V in Barcelona after his first trip to the new continent of the Americas. The statue is 60 meters (197 feet) tall and was sculpted by Rafael Atché of which it depicts Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left.
there is even a small elevator at inside the column that lets you go to a small viewing deck below the statue where you can see the view around of which it cost 5 euros per person to go up and down.
Times: Daily. 1st March to 30th September, 8.30am-8.30pm and 1st October to 28th February, 8.30am-7.30pm.
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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
The Columbus monument dates back to 1888, where it was built in the course of a world exhibition (Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand in Barcelona after his first voyage). It can be found at the harbour-end of Las Ramblas street. The monument is a 60m column, with a bronze statue of Columbus on top and sculptures and reliefs depicting fellow explorers along the pedestal. The column has a viewing platform (which is quite small).
The Columbus Monument was erected in 1888 as a part of the ceremonies celebrating the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona. It stands at the end of La Rambla Boulevard of Barcelona, near the sea. Barcelona City Council decided to erect the column in 1881 as a tribute to Christopher Columbus the Captain and Discoverer who discovered or rediscovered New World to Europeans. As anybody knows Columbus after his second voyage to America chose to disembark in the port of Barcelona on his return. The reason for such decision was very simple he had to deliver Papal Legate Bernardo Boil who was monk from Montserrat.
Take the lift inside just to get a viewpoint sixty meters above the ground, where you can enjoy great views of Barcelona and especially its Gothic Quarter.
Viewpoint opening times:
From March 1 through September 30, daily from 08:30 to 20: 30
From October 1 through February 28, daily 08:30 to 19:30
Admission 4.50 Euros
The Columbus Monument is a 60 m tall monument at the lower end of La Rambla.
The monument to Hristofor Columbus has been established in 1888. The column is topped by a statue of the great seafarer. It is possible to rise on the lift to the viewing platform from which the view at a coastal area of Barcelona opens. However there is a big queue - also it is possible to lose till half of an hour. I have decided to neglect a viewing platform for the sake of walk on Las Ramblas.
This 60 meters high monument was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition. It was dedicated to Christopher Columbus who returned to Barcelona after discovering America. The monument is located at the end of Las Ramblas and you can see it from many parts of Barcelona.
At the harbor end of Las Ramblas is an impressive monument to Christopher Columbus. At 197 feet high it dwarfs everything in the area. It was constructed in 1888 for the Barcelona Universal Exposition. It was located here because it was believed that this was the spot that Columbus returned to after his first voyage to America. The monument has an elevator by which folks can take a glance at a view of both the harbor and the Las Ramblas area.
So if Columbus was such a great sailor and navigator why is he pointing to Africa rather than the Americas? Was it him or just the folks who put it up that goofed?
This is the anchor of the harbor area, and can be seen for a long way off. It is the location where Columbus returned to Spain from his trip to America. It was constructed in 1888. The monument is 197 feet high, and his statue if 24 feet tall.
Hey, coming from America as I do, meeting up with Colombus is important and this is sited as the point for which he left Europe to go and "discover" us.
More of the history of the monument itself can be found at:
Aside from the statue itself, the column has an elevator inside that you can take up to a height of about 50 meters, or just below the statue itself, to give you a good view of the surroundings.
What I found most amusing about this monument is the fact that Mr. Colombus is most known for his discovery of the Americas, but his statue is pointing toward AFRICA...did he get lost, or was he just saying "don't follow me".
With a maritime heritage, Barcelona can’t miss it to have a monument dedicated to one of the most famous men in Spanish history, Christopher Columbus. Another reason for Barcelona’s monument is the disputed birthplace of Columbus. Barcelona is one of the candidates. The construction of the monument began in 1882, but due to lack of funds, it was just completed before the world exhibition in 1888. The column has a height of 60 metres, Columbus himself a height of seven.
Note that Columbus points to the sea – nice for a seaman, the right direction to India, but the completely wrong one to America.
The Columbus Monument (Monumento a Colón with Mirador) is a 60 m (197 ft) tall monument for Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla.
It has elevator (lift) inside. It takes you to the top of the monument where you can enjoy beautiful view on the port and La Rambla.
The Christopher Columbus Monument was built in 1888, on the site where he arrived after discovering America in1493.
From a distance, I found it huge [it is 197ft high] and impressive!
There were traffic lights, so I crossed the street to have a closer look at this impressive monument. You should do this too, as close up, it is even more interesting.
There were medallion's, lion & other sculptures making this an interesting memorial.
If you wish to find out more, visit the website below. You can even go up an elevator inside of the colom to the top, I didn't do this.