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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. Take a look at our Barcelona itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Columbus Monument and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The lookout at the top provides a great view over Ramblas and the harbour if like me you are not too keen on using the port cable car. Space is very tight at the top and you probably won't spend more ...  more »
  • This statue is atop a high pedestal and can be easily missed. For such an important discoverer, this is not a very inspiring statue.  more »
  • Great monument for representing the success of an early explorer. Tall and a good point to know where Las Rambla is located.  more »
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  • Worth a quick visit to see the column and lion statues. They are much easier to climb into than the ones in Trafalgar Square and are only a short walk down the ramblas towards the beach. So worth stopping for a picture if you are heading that way.
  • Lovely landmark. Spacious area. Street vendors lovely walk. Grand view.
  • The scenic view of the shore lines gives an impeccable sight to the monument. History speaks for itself when you are here! Have a nice day
  • Beautiful Architecture. And useful too, if you don't have Access to GPS just look above for Columbus pointing to.
  • Old building you can't visit. Have a look onto it from the outside. Sometimes it had been used for events. When I had the chance, I took photos from the roof with beautiful views onto the surroundings.