Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument), Barcelona

Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument), Barcelona

Designed by Gaietà Buigas for the 1888 Universal Exhibition, the Columbus Monument stands at the base of La Rambla, symbolizing the Catalans' recognition of Christopher Columbus as one of their own, despite his Italian origins. Atop the monument, a striking bronze statue of the explorer, sculpted by Rafael Atché, captures attention. Originally intended to face west towards the Americas, it now points east, either towards Columbus's birthplace of Genoa, Italy, or simply striking a dramatic pose. Inscribed with the word "Tierra" (land), the statue stands above a series of intricate sculpted images depicting significant moments from Columbus's journey to the Americas, including encounters with native people, notable locations, and his meeting with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

Venturing inside the monument, visitors can take a lift to reach a viewing platform at its pinnacle, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Upon returning to the ground, wine enthusiasts can indulge in a tasting experience within the monument's cellar. A combined ticket for both the lift ride and wine tasting can be obtained at the base of the monument.

Tip:
Take the time to go around the monument and take in its sculptures showcased at the base, while also discovering the wine bar and a boutique offering unique souvenirs and gifts that surpass the mass-produced items found at street vendors. To further enhance your experience, ascend to the viewing platform via an elevator, where you can enjoy a sweeping view of the surrounding area. Please note that an admission fee is required for access to the platform.

Viewing Platform:
Daily: 8:30am–2:30pm

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Sight Name: Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument)
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain (See walking tours in Barcelona)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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