Peeking over the trees, the statue of Christopher Columbus stands grandly on top of the Monument a Colom at the foot of the Rambla at the center of the Plaça de la Porta de Pau (Square of the Gate of Peace) in Barcelona, Spain

Taken from the wide harborfront promenade of the Passeig de Colom.

The monument is placed at the site where Columbus arrived in 1493 after his discovery of America the year before. Columbus was presumably born in Genoa, Italy. He first moved to Portugal and later settled in Spain. Nevertheless in the 19th century Columbus was considered a Catalan – some historians still claimed he was born in Catalonia, hence the monument for the famous explorer in Barcelona.

The 7m high statue shows a standing Columbus pointing towards the sea. Oddly enough, he is not pointing in the direction of the new world he discovered.

The column can be visited, a lift brings you to a platform from where you have an excellent view over the Rambla and Port Vell.


Related shots can be found at: Barcelona or you can view all my Spanish shots.

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  • wandalechene
    wandalecheneover 6 years ago

    very nice i like it

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    Lovely shot Tom.

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    great capture, imagery and colours, wonderful legend

  • Smile
    Smileover 6 years ago

    Excellent shot, wonderful details

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    wonderful capture!!

  • rockinsue
    rockinsueover 6 years ago

    excellent tom

  • lareejc
    lareejcover 6 years ago

    nice capture!

  • aphoto4you
    aphoto4youover 6 years ago

    i like this tom…nice

  • davidmilne
    davidmilneover 6 years ago

    Loads going on here,fab pic Tom!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    Love the history. Lovely shot.

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