Mirador de Colom

Barcelona, Spain

Mirador de Colom

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The Columbus Monument (Catalan: Monument a Colom, IPA:聽[munu藞ment 蓹 ku藞lom]; Spanish: Monumento a Col贸n or Mirador de Col贸n) is a 60聽m (197聽ft) tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was constructed for the Exposici贸n Universal de Barcelona (1888) in honor of Columbus' first voyage to the Americas. The monument serves as a reminder that Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V in Barcelona after his first trip to the new continent.

At the very top of the monument stands a 7.2聽m (24聽ft) tall bronze statue atop a 40聽m (131聽ft) tall Corinthian column. The statue was sculpted by Rafael Atch茅 and is said to depict Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left. The statue points south-southeast (a more southerly direction than the adjacent Rambla Del Mar and almost a perfect extension of the direction of La Rambla, Barcelona) and in effect is pointing at a point somewhere near the city of Constantine, Algeria. To point at Genoa in northern Italy the statue would have to face east-northeast and point up the coastline. It is more likely that the statue is situated in the current way simply to have Columbus point out to sea underscoring his achievements in naval exploration. The statue is atop a socle, on which the word "Tierra" (land) is inscribed.




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