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Columbus Monument

plaça del Portal de la Pau,Barcelona,08001, España
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  • Columbus MonumentPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jul 23, 2014

    The Columbus Monument is a 60 m tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona in honor of Columbus's first voyage to the Americas.

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    Steve Baumgartner
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    3 Jun 14, 2014

    Okay, we probably could have skipped this, it's essentially just a pillar and statue of Christopher Columbus, but on the other hand, I personally may have been disappointed if we didn't go and see it. I did mean lots of walking for us.

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    Rich Carriero
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    2 Oct 29, 2013

    I'm not a huge fan of heights but I thought since the Colombus Monument is not that tall, that I'd be OK climbing to the top and getting a bird's eye view of the sea. Well, let me tell you, the first thing that I noticed after getting out of the elevator is that that thing shakes and shimmies in the wind, which makes for a nauseating and slightly terrifying experience for acrophobics like me.

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    Rachel Greene
    4 Oct 20, 2013

    Stop by the Columbus Monument and take a photo and then continue on toward Rambla del Mar for a walk by the water.

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  • Columbus Monument
    AndrewDThorpe
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    4 Oct 16, 2013

    The lift is very small and claustrophobic. I think that it only took 2 or 3 people at a time. However, the views more than make up for the discomfort.

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    3 Oct 14, 2013

    Surprisingly there is actually an elevator in the center column heading up to the statue! We did not find out about it until we were almost ready to leave Barcelona and decided to go up on one of our last days. It was really amazing because we were up there all by ourselves (it was the end of November) but the attendant who brought us up said that it is packed, with lines out the door and miserably hot in the summer. If you get the chance to go up by yourself in the off season it's really neat but during the summer I won't pay the fare to go up, there are many ways to get a better view of the city.

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    5 Sep 15, 2013

    it is very strange that you even can get up there, the view is great, busy, so stand in line, you do not have much time upthere, but it is worthwhile to do this. 0,18f

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    Ian Wang
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    3 Apr 21, 2013

    Its a nice side trip on your visit to the port area of barcelona near the beaches. Even though it doesn't look like a lot, the central column is actually hollow with an elevator going up to the observation deck allowing you to see the city surroundings

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Apr 14, 2013

    It was a real treat to go up to the ball under the feet of Columbus and get a great view of Barcelona, the harbor, and Las Ramblas. Our ticket was included in our Barcelona Card. Take advantage of your ticket and enjoy the view.

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    Ivy
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    5 Mar 30, 2013

    The statue is high more than 7 meter, it's placed at the site where Christoffel Columbus arrived in 1493 after his discovery of America the year before.

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    Sophia Aduana
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    3 Jan 18, 2013

    I think it is prettier to look at from a distance rather than up close. You probably wouldn't want to stand looking high up to gawk from Las Ramblas anyways unless you enjoy losing your wallet.

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    Kevin Krooks
    3 Jan 03, 2013

    This sure is a spectacular monomer, reaching for the sky with Columbus promptly pointing the way. Located at the end of the famous and crowded Las Ramblas, it's a good way to end a sightseeing trip or shopping day.

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    Marcello Marchioli
    3 Dec 30, 2012

    Asked our taxi driver to take us to Columbus monument and he couldn't understand. No matter how many different ways I said Columbus!?!

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    Ashley S.
    4 Sep 28, 2012

    The Columbus Monument marks the start of Las Ramblas. It is at the very base of the city along the waterfront near Barcelonetta beach and the corner of the Barri Gothic area. There is a local flea market, bohemian wares, antiques show that sets up shop near this statue each week. Another great meeting place for groups to reconvene.

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    Mio Hosk
    3 Sep 10, 2012

    Well the monument is ok, but it's near the beach side and that is an interesting place to go. It is very accesible by subway.

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  • Columbus Monument
    Alex Sai
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    5 Aug 19, 2012

    Памятник самому известному испанцу. Величественный монумент, на самом верху которого расположена смотровая площадка.

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    Sage Robberson
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Though it was many years ago it is a land mark so old you can't stop staring at it once you see it. The artistry is excellent.

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    Trina D.
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. We stayed right by the Columbus Monument and decided on our last day that we'd visit. It's a tall tower with a statue of Christopher Columbus on top of it. There's an elevator inside that will take you to the top so you can view the city in all its 360 degree glory. Free with the Barcelona card, otherwise it's about €4 to ride the elevator. Great views but slightly claustrophobic.

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    Jeff Ignacio
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    2 Jul 05, 2012

    As you walk towards the end of Las Ramblas you'll catch an up close view of the monument. I'm not a huge fan of it but you can see it throughout Las Ramblas. It's a good monument to get your bearings straight.

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  • Columbus Monument
    David Eastin
    2 Jul 05, 2012

    This is okay, but definitely not worth going out of your way to get to. If you happen to come across it, great, but don't feel like you need to go get your picture by it because it's just a statue.

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Constructed for the1888 exposition, the Columbus Monument in Barcelona is a highly significant landmark of the city and commemorates the location where Christopher Columbus was officially greeted by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, on his return from his first journey to America. This 197 foot, cast-iron monument, which was sculpted by Rafael Atche, is said to depict Columbus pointing out land ... read more
upon reaching the Americas. Not just a fantastic attraction in itself, the statue, which houses an elevator in its column, offers you the opportunity to view the city from a viewing platform located in the sphere under the statue's feet.

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Aliases: Monumento a Colón