Columbus Monument, Barcelona

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One of Barcelona’s iconic landmarks and a favorite perch of pigeons, the 60 m (197 ft) Columbus Monument points proudly across the sea. Built in 1888 to commemorate Columbus reporting his first journey to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the monument features a bronze statue standing atop a Corinthian column. Although many like to think that Columbus is pointing toward the New World that he was credited with discovering, the statue is, in fact, aiming his finger toward Algeria. Plan to visit Columbus Monument and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Barcelona attractions using our Barcelona vacation planning website .
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  • It is the rallying point of the bottom of the rambla. Christophe Colomb pointing America to the Interior, one of the emblems of the city.
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  • A walk in your surroundings ... Monument to Christopher Columbus, the Explorer of the new world ... Although I'm at a great height is one of the most photographed places. ...
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  • The monument is on a square that it bypasses drive, but it is such high you have to photograph it in two parts. In a very nice neighborhood and Columbus pointing out what the I thought they were Indian, and turned out to be America.
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  • Impressive monument between La Rambla and the sea. I love the lions. In a high traffic area (foot and cars). There is an elevator inside to a viewing area.
  • Pretty place, worth a visit. You will not see anything special at the top. So don't waste your time and money. Better take a walk along the seafront.
  • Beautiful Marina with an old port buildings and Columb column watching over the whole thing. He is actually pointing the entry to the port not America as many claim. As well not many people realise that there is a tiny lift inside and for only 6€ you can see awesome panorama of Barcelona and the port.
  • Impressive monument dedicated to the famed navigator. You can take a lift to the top of the statue for an nice view, but in my opinion the view from the cathedral is better.
  • Nice view of catalonia ranges from top and 360 degree view of Barcelona. Church at the bottom is very beautiful and peaceful. Worth a visit.

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