The Christopher Columbus Monument was built in 1888 in honor of America's famous explorer and discoverer. This monument consists of a tall column above a statue of Columbus. In the Placa de la Porta de Pau (Piata Potii Pacii) there is an iron column raised on a stone pedestal with the statue of Christopher Columbus above. The 60-meter-high monument known as the Monument of the Colom was designed by Catalan architect Gaieta Buigas i Monrava for the 1888 universal exhibition. The construction of the monument began in 1882 but due to financial problems it was completed just before the beginning of the exhibition.
The special Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1888, which took place in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Arc de Triomphe, located at the end of an extensive promenade, served as the main entrance to the exhibition.
Barcelona Arc de Triomphe
The monument was located in the place where Christopher Columbus returned in 1493 after discovering America a year before. The explorer is believed to have been born in Genoa, Italy. He initially moved to Portugal and later to Spain. However, in the 19th century Columbus was considered Catalan, and some historians still claim that he was born in Catalonia, so the place of this monument in Barcelona is all the more relevant.
The statue over 7 meters high, created by Rafael Atche, depicts Columbus with his arm outstretched to the sea. Oddly enough, the arm is not directed at the new world it has discovered. The pedestal of the column is decorated very nicely with an impressive number of allegorical figures.
Column and pedestal are empty inside. Tourists can enter the monument and an elevator can take them to a platform where you can admire an excellent view over the Rambla and Port Vell.
From 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM between March 1 and October 31.
From 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM between January 1, February 28.
Closed on January 1 and December 25.
Adults: € 4.00
Children between 4 and 12 years old and old: 3.00 €
Placa del Portal de la Pau, E-08002 Barcelona
Metro: Drassanes (L3)
Buses: 14, 20, 21, 36, 57, 59, 64, 91, 120, 157.
Tourist objectives Barcelona