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Columbus monument in Barcelona

The 60 m high column was built for the 1888 World Exhibition

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.

Tickets for the Monument de Colom

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.

  • With the Barcelona Card you get a 50% discount on admission and the ride to the platform.

The bronze statue of Columbus

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.

The viewing platform

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.

  • View to the north: Here you can see the Gothic Quarter with its historical buildings, the cathedral and the church of Santa Maria del Mar and the famous Ramblas.
  • View to the west: In the distance, behind the modernised district of Eixample and Gràcia, you can see the Montserolla-Masiv, the green lungs of the city and the Tibidabo amusement park.
  • View to the south: This is where the prominent hill in front of the city is, the Montjuïc with the Castell which you can see.
  • View to the east: You can see the old harbour (Port Vell), the beaches of Barcelona if you follow the coastline and the view stretches to the city limit which is marked with a new landmark of the city – the huge photovoltaic plant.

The column

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.

The four sculpture groups at the base of the Columbus monument

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.

The base reliefs

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.

Inauguration and re-opening of the tower

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.

The wine cellar

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.

Christopher Columbus

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.

The Mirador de Colom with its approximately 60 metres high viewing platform was built in honor of the discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus, and inaugurated on the occasion of the World's Fair in Barcelona in 1888.

Here you can book the trip to the observation deck of the Columbus Monument. Enjoy a perfect view of the old harbour and the old town of Barcelona.



Included services

  • Take the elevator to the viewing platform
  • 1 glass of wine or cava, small tapa (if booked)
  • Detailed and individual wine advice on Catalan wines (if booked)

Wine tasting in the Monument a Colom in the following languages

English, Spanish

Visit the Towers

The Columbus Monument was inaugurated on the occasion of the World's Fair on 1 June 1888. After a lengthy overhaul, the Monument a Colom was re-opened to the public in June 2013. The very nice cellar with space for the presentation of Catalan wines and a souvenir shop was made available to the public as well.

The visit is particularly worthwhile if you want to get an overview of the old town and the old port of Barcelona. The view also extends to the Sagrada Familia, the Tibidabo, the Torre Agbar/Torre Glòries and the Montjuïc.

The Bronze Statue of Columbus

The Mirador de Colom, as the work is called, is located at Plaça del Portal de la Pau at the southern end of the Rambla. High up on the pillar is the actual monument in honor of the discoverer, who was received on his return from America by King Ferdinand II in Barcelona and celebrated for the discovery of the New World in 1493. The bronze statue of Columbus pointing towards Mallorca, the direction of his departure. In his left hand he is holding a nautical chart of his route.

The Observation Deck

Although there are higher vantage points than the 60 meter high viewing platform just below the Monument a Colom, you can get a nice overview of the city center and the surrounding areas such as Port Vell, the ferry port, the Montjuïc and the sea. Just when you are in Barcelona for a short time, the monument offers a beautiful view, without having to walk long distances.

  • Looking North: Here you can see the Gothic Quarter with its historic buildings, the Cathedral and the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and the famous Ramblas.
  • Looking West: In the distance, beyond the Modernisme district of Eixample and Gràcia, you will see the Montserolla Masive, the green lung of the city and the Tibidabo amusement park.
  • Looking South: Here is the striking hill in front of the city, the Montjuïc with the Castell, which you can see from the observation deck.
  • Looking East: You will see the Old Port (Port Vell), if you follow the shoreline you can see Barcelona's beaches and the view extends to the city limits, which is marked by a new landmark of the city - the huge photovoltaic system.

The Pillar of the Columbus Monument

The observation deck is carried by a pillar made of cast iron in Corinthian style. Inside of the pillar, the elevator to the observation deck is located. At the top of the column are four bronze statues as allegories of the continents Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

The Four Groups of Sculptures at the Base of the Columbus Monument

On the stone pedestal of the monument are four groups of figures representing famous Catalan personalities associated with the Columbus' journey of discovery and the conquest of America: Lluís de Santangel, Jaime Ferrer de Blanes, Captain Pere de Margarit and Pastor Bernat de Boïl.

The pedestal has the shape of an octagon. In addition to the four groups of figures, there are four sculptures as allegories of the kingdoms of Catalonia, Aragon, Leon, and Castile.

The Base Reliefs

In the lower part of the pedestal are several reliefs that depict scenes from Columbus' life: Columbus, who explains the project to the pastor Juan Pérez, in the court of the catholic monarchs in Cordoba, the kings who declare their support, Columbus setting the sails, Columbus getting off on Guanahani Island on October 12, 1492, and the king welcoming back Columbus after his first journey.

The Wine Cellar

In the basement of the monument is a wine cellar. What makes this wine shop so interesting is the selection of wines and cavas only from the wine region D.O. Catalunya. You will also receive expert advice there. When you book your ticket, including a wine tasting, you will also get a glass of wine and a tapa. Of course they will try to seduce you to buy a bottle of wine or cava. Wine lovers will not regret this.

Christopher Columbus

The discoverer of America was probably born in Genoa in 1451. Although America was first entered by Europeans 500 years earlier by the Icelanders, it is still considered in history as the discoverer of the continent. With his travels a permanent colonization and colonization of the continent began - but also suppression and destruction of the indigenous people and robbery of their treasures.

The original mission of his trip was to find a sea route from Europe to East Asia. He himself thought he had landed in India. On October 12, 1492, Columbus landed on a Bahamas island. This day is a holiday in Spain today, a day that marks the beginning of the genocide of thousands of years old cultures for the inhabitants of South America.

Columbus undertook a total of four trips to America, the last of which he returned on 7 November 1504.
The sailor died on May 20 1506, he's burried in Sevilla. However, it is believed that most of his bones are burried in Santo Domingo.


Book Tickets for Visiting the Monument a Colom and the Wine Tasting

Book the ride up to the observation deck and on request a wine tasting.
Please enter the number of required tickets.
Mirador de Colom 2018 - viewing platform and wine tasting Desired Quantity
2018 - Mirador de Colom - viewing platform and wine tasting (adult) 8.00€
2018 - Mirador de Colom - viewing platform and wine tasting (pensioner 65+) 8.00€
Show price for Mirador de Colom 2018 - viewing platform (without wine tasting)
2018 - Mirador de Colom - viewing platform (adult) 6.00€
2018 - Mirador de Colom - viewing platform (children 4 - 12 years) 4.00€
2018 - Mirador de Colom - viewing platform (pensioner 65+) 4.00€


Important information

Address
Plaça del Portal de la Pau

Arrival
Metro: Drassanes (L3)
Bus Turístic: Colom - Museu Marítim

Information visiting the Columbus Monument

Information for wheelchair users: You can enter at the entrance from the Rambla side. Special wheelchairs are available for the elevator and the observation deck.

Barcelona Card: 50% discount on tickets for visiting the observation deck when purchasing at the box office.

For visiting the observation deck and for the wine tasting you should plan approx. 20 minutes each.



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