One of Barcelona’s most iconic images and symbols
The monument in homage to the explorer Christopher Columbus is erected in front of the port of Barcelona between La Rambla and Passeig de Colom. The monument is 56 metres tall and inside its column there is a lift to take you up to the lookout point located at the feet of the statue, where you can enjoy a 360º view of Barcelona.
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Why visit the Columbus Monument?
The statue of Columbus was built as the culmination of the improvement work done to the city for the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition. The monument was designed by Gaietà Buïgas i Monravà and the statue was created by the sculptor Rafael Atché. The monument won the gold medal at the 1888 Universal Exposition and since then it has become an iconic symbol of Barcelona.
The image of Columbus, which represents the explorer with his right arm stretched out and his finger pointing to the horizon, stands atop an iron column that contains a lift that allows you to go up to the feet of the statue. Located at Plaça del Portal de la Pau, between La Rambla and the quay, the monument offers a panoramic view of the Port Vell, Montjuïc Mountain, the Raval district and the Gothic Quarter.
How do you get to the Columbus Monument?
Hop off at the Colom – Museu Marítim stop of the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic to see the monument and take a stroll through the old harbour.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? There are some 64 statues of Columbus around the world. This is the largest of them all.
- Local’s tip: If you visit in summer, go at dawn, when the view of the city is at its best.
- A must: To discover a 360º view of Barcelona, the sea and the mountains.
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