Monument to Columbus (Valladolid)

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Monument to Columbus (Valladolid)

The Monument to Columbus (Spanish: Monumento a Col贸n) is an instance of public art in Valladolid, Spain. Located on the centre of the namesake Plaza de Col贸n, in the southeastern corner of the Campo Grande, the monument is dedicated to Christopher Columbus.

Conceived in the context of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival to the Americas, the project follows a design by Antonio Susillo (died 1896). Commissioned by the Spanish Government, the bronze parts were cast in Paris at the Thi茅baut Fr猫res' foundry. The monument was initially intended to be erected at Havana's Parque Central, yet the Cuban rebellion and ensuing independence from Spain aborted such plans. The bronze elements remained then in Paris while the ashlar pieces were stored in Pontevedra. Valladolid, death place of the Genoese explorer, competed with other Spanish cities such as Seville and Madrid for the monument. The Council of Ministers decided to award the monument to the city of Valladolid in 1901.

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