Mirador de Colom - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
The Plaça de Colom is quite a busy roundabout, and the monument to Christopher Columbus is in the middle of it. Getting over the the small lift that takes people to the top of the monument is quite a challenge. because of the height, it was not possible to get the whole of the monument in this panoramic picture, but the photograph does show some of the surrounding area. The image was taken from the grass verge in front of the Govern Militar.
Mirador de Colom - FURTHER INFORMATION
Mirador de Colom - Barcelona visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Mirador de Colom' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Catalonia.
The Mirador de Colom (Christopher Columbus Moonument) in Barcelona is on Plaça de Colom at the southern end of La Rambla, the most famous street of the city that links the monument with Plaça Catalunya. This roundabout is also known as the 'Plaça del Portal del Pau'.
There is a 8m/26ft high statue of Columbus pointing out to sea at the top of the 187 foot high column. Columbus is meant to be pointing to the New World, but is in fact facing Sicily. A number of allegorical figures depicting the various stages of his life adorn the monument. A tiny elevator inside the iron column takes about three visitors at a time up to a small and cramped lookout area just beneath Columbus's feet.
Very close by is the Reials Drassanes Museu Maritim (Maritime Museum), the World Trade Center and a long bridge, the Rambla de Mar, which stretches over the havtour to to the Aquarium and a large cinema complex. The Passieg de Colom and Passieg de Josep Carner also feed into the Plaça de Colom.
Nearby hotels include the Hotel Gaudi, and Ramblas Hotel.
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