The Mirador de Colom with its 60 metre high viewing platform was built in honour of the discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus, and was inaugurated on the occasion of the first World Exhibition in Barcelona in 1888. After his return from America in 1493, Columbus was received by King Ferdinand II in Barcelona and celebrated for the discovery of the New World.
You can book tickets for the admission and the visit of the platform here. The admission and if you want a wine tasting in the basement of the monument is included.
The Mirador de Colom, as the complete work is called, is situated on the Plaça del Portal de la Pau at the southern end of the Rambla. At the top of column is the actual monument in honour of the discoverer; a bronze statue of Columbus who is pointing towards Mallorca, the direction of his departure. In his left hand he is holding a map of his route.
Although there are higher viewpoints than the 60 metre high viewing platform directly below the Monument de Colom, you can still enjoy a wonderful view of the city and the adjacent areas, such as the Port Vell, the ferry port, the Montjuic and the sea. Especially if you are only in Barcelona for a short while, the monument offers a beautiful view without having to go a long way.
The viewing platform is supported by a Corinthian style cast iron column. This houses the lift to the viewing platform. At the upper end of the column there are four bronze statues as allegories of the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
On the stone base of the monument there are four groups of figures, which represent famous Catalan personalities who are connected with Columbus’ journey of discovery and the conquest of America: Lluís de Santangel, Jaime Ferrer de Blanes, Captain Pere de Margarit and Father Bernat de Boïl.
The base is octagon-shaped. In addition to the four groups of figures there are four sculptures as an allegory of the kingdoms of Catalonia, Aragon, Leon and Castile.
There are several reliefs on the lower part of the base which show scenes from Columbus’ life: Columbus, who is explaining the project to Father Juan Perez, in the court of the Catholic Monarchs in Cordoba, the kings who are announcing their support, Columbus setting the sail, Columbus disembarking on 12 October 1492 on the island of Guanahani and Columbus being received by the king after his first trip.
The Columbus monument was inaugurated on the occasion of the World Exhibition on 1 June 1888.
After a major renovation it was re-opened to the public in June 2013.
There is a wine cellar in the basement of the monument. What makes this wine shop so interesting is the selection of wines and cavas which are exclusively from wine region D.O. Catalunya. You will also receive expert advice there. A glass of wine and a tapa is also included when booking the tickets incl. wine-tasting. Of course they want to tempt you into buying a bottle of wine or cava. But wine lovers won’t regret this.
The discoverer of America was probably born in 1451 in Genoa. America had already been trodden for the first time by Icelanders 500 years earlier, but he has still gone down in history as the discoverer of the continent. His travels started a permanent colonisation and occupation of the continent – but also suppression and destruction of the natives and stealing of their resources.
His journey was originally commissioned to find a sea route from Europe to Asia. He himself thought that he had landed in India. On 12 October 1492 Columbus landed on a Bahamas island. Today, this date is a public holiday in Spain, but for the inhabitants of South America it is more a day which marks the beginning of the genocide of ancient cultures which were thousands of years old.
Plaça del Portal de la Pau
Metro: Drassanes (L3)
Bus Turístic: Colom - Museu Marítim
Closed on 1 and 6 Jan., 25 and 26 Dec.
Information for wheelchair users to visit the Columbus Monument
You can drive into the monument from the Rambla side. For the lift and the observation deck, special wheelchairs are available.
New: Tickets directly by e-mail!
Book here tickets for the Camp Nou Experience.
Take a look behind the scenes of Europe's largest football stadium.
Perfect for birthdays, Christmas and other events. Our gift voucher is redeemable for all services offered in our shop.