This is one of the most famous statues in the city of Barcelona. It represents Columbus with his arm outstretched, pointing towards the sea with his index finger. Inside the column there is a lift allowing you to go up to the semicircular platform below the feet of the statue.
The Columbus Monument is one of the most famous statues in the city of Barcelona. Built as a tribute to the explorer Christopher Columbus, it rises up in the square Plaça del Portal de la Pau, by the port of Barcelona, between the southern end of La Rambla and Passeig de Colom.
The monument was built as a finishing touch to the improvement works on the Barcelona coast, carried out for the World’s Fair held in Barcelona in 1888. It was designed by Gaietà Buïgas i Monravà and the statue, measuring seven metres tall, is the work of sculptor Rafael Atché.
The sculptural piece reaches a total height of sixty metres. The statue represents Columbus with his right arm outstretched, pointing towards the horizon with his index finger. It was initially said that he was pointing towards America, but this statement is not valid as the American continent is in the opposite direction to where he is pointing. Inside the column there is a lift allowing access to the semicircular platform below the feet of the statue, from where there are great views of the city.