From la Boqueria to Columbus Monument - 10 minute walk
• Exiting la Boqueria turn right and walk down la Rambla
• After about 800 m the monument will be in front of you
Composed from a base, a Corinthian column, and the statue of the great explorer, the monument reaches sixty meters in height. Some say that the statue was raised because in the nineteenth century, most Catalans have been convinced that Columbus was born in Spain and was Catalan himself, but the official reason is to serve as a reminder of the explorer reporting to Queen Isabell a I and King Ferdinand V in Barcelona after discovering the Americas. It was completed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona in 1888.
The pedestal of the statue is a 20 m high octagon with 4 stairs - each with two lion statues. All eight sides have portrait medallions of people who played significant roles in the discoveries of Colombus, eight bas-reliefs that depict key moments of his journey and eight coat-of-arms of the places he visited.
Besides being a monumental statue of one of the world's most famous explorers it also is a lookout point: the pedestal being hollow and housing an elevator can transport you up to a platform from where you can have a great view of la Rambla.
Details about visiting the site:
• No admission or opening hours for viewing the monument
• Elevator is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from November to April and to 10:30 p.m. from May to October
• Elevator fee is 3 Euro
Why worth visiting:
• Great architecture
• Tells the story of Colombus with statues
• Great lookout point
If you want to have a look at la Rambla from an eagle's view or you wish to pay your tribute to the great explorer take a short walk and visit this monument. You can also have a calming look at the sea just by following where the statue is pointing.