Les Rambles meets the waterfront at this monument to Christopher Columbus that was erected for the Universal Exposition of 1888. Bas-reliefs on the plinth recount the feats of the great navigator, and various symbolic sculptures in florid Victorian style surround the base. At the top of a 50m (174-ft.) Corinthian column stands a bronze sculpture of Columbus pointing to the New World, although the precision of his compass might be questioned. Inside the iron column, a small elevator ascends to the lookout from the “crown” just below Columbus’s feet (warning: It sways on windy days). It provides a unique panoramic view of Barcelona and the harbor and a chance to play “name that spire,” as every church in the city pokes up just above its surrounding buildings. A surprising element of the gift shop on the below-grade level is a good stock of hard-to-find local wines, with wine tastings available.
Mirador de Colom
Portal de la Pau
Our Rating Hours Daily 8:30am–8:30pm, closed Dec 25 and Jan 1 Transportation Metro: Drassanes Phone 93-285-38-32 Prices Admission 6€ adults, 4€ seniors and ages 4–12, free for kids 3 and under Web site Mirador de Colom
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