Things to do in Barcelona – visit the Columbus Monument

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For a bird’s eye view of Barcelona’s Old Port (Port Vell) and its surrounding neighborhood, visit the Columbus Monument (Mirador de Colom). Built for the 1888 International Exhibition, this eye-catching tower protruding from the center of a busy traffic circle, stands over 196 feet tall and is topped by a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus—the Italian explorer (believed to have been Catalan) whose maritime voyages were funded by the Spanish Monarchy.

Lion Statue Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona Spain

The base of the monument, surrounded by four regal lions, is decorated with stone statues, royal and nautical emblems,

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and bronze medallions and bas-reliefs depicting significant figures and scenes from the life of Columbus and his historic expeditions. Among these are:

Bas-reliefs depicting Columbus meeting with Isabella and Ferdinand in Santa Fe,

Bas-Relief Columbus Greets Isabella Upon His Return Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona

and appearing before the Spanish Monarchy upon his return in Barcelona.

Artists associated with the monument include Gaietà Buïgas, the monument’s designer; Rafael Arché, who sculpted the statue of Columbus; Agapit Vallmitjana sculptor of the majestic lions; and Josep Llimona, Josep Tenas, and Manuel Fuxà, sculptors of the various medallions and reliefs.

Looking Down from Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona

A tiny elevator at the center of the monument, whisks visitors up to an observation deck in the crown beneath Columbus’ feet for a 360° view of the waterfront.

Port Vell View from Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona

On a pretty day, you’ll have a clear view of the boats in the harbor; 

La Rambla Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona

the busy pedestrian filled La Rambla;  

Maritime Museum View from Columbus Tower Monument

the Royal Shipyards and Maritime Museum; 

Army Offices View from Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona Spain

various military installations, including the Third Army Sub-Inspection Unit

View from Columbus Tower Monument Naval Command of Barcelona

and the Naval Command of Barcelona;

View of Port Authority Building from Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona

the former Port Works Council (now the Port Authority); and in the distance, several other landmarks, such as Montjüic and its castle.  

Elevator Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona Spain

Observation Deck Interior Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona Spain

Keep in mind that the elevator is tiny and space on the observation deck is limited and can be very cramped.

Getting there:

The Columbus Tower is located at Plaça del Portal de Palau, 1, where La Rambla meets the harbor.

Ticket info:

Adult Admission = 6.00€
Adult Admission (Ages 65 & Over) = 4.00€
Child Admission (Ages 4 – 12) = 4.00€
Discounts may apply for tickets purchased online.

Wine Shop Columbus Tower Monument Barcelona

Travel tip:  for an extra treat consider the combo ticket which includes a wine tasting in the wine shop at the base of the tower.

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