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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plaça del Portal de la Pau
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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