Columbus Monument in Barcelona

El Mirador de Colón

Barcelona Columbus Monument

Inaugurated on the occasion of the 1888 World Fair to commemorate the 4th centenary of the Discovery of America in 1892, the Columbus Monument has become a very well known landmark of Barcelona as it occupies a privileged location at the bottom end of the Rambla.

But there must be a connexion between Barcelona and Columbus to account for the presence of such a monument: Barcelona is where Columbus was officially greeted back by King Fernando and Queen Isabella, who where staying in Barcelona when Columbus came back.

The cast-iron column is abundantly decorated with reliefs, medaillons and statues all related to people, places and events connected to the discovery.

Where is he pointing to? Land! The monument shows him sighting the coast of America.

The cast-iron column is hollow and houses a small (and renovated) elevator that takes you to a viewing gallery located in the sphere (representing the world) under Columbus' feet.

Location: at the bottom end of the Rambla, just before the seafront. You can't miss it!

Opening hours:
October to May: 10:00 to 18:30H
June to September: 09:00 a 20:30H