Undoubtedly, Columbus Monument is one of the most important landmarks in Barcelona city. Located at the end of Las Ramblas, next to the sea, is about 60 meters high (197 ft). It gives also its name to a street that comes from your side (Paseo Colon).
Opened on June 1, 1888, the monument to the discover of America was built as a highlight of the improvement works of the coast of Barcelona that were made by the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888. It quickly became one of the most recognized icons of Barcelona city.
In 1887, a year before the inauguration, grew by eight bronze medallions dedicated to people related to Columbus: Isabel I the Catholic (Antoni Vilanova), Ferdinand V of Aragon (Francesc Pagès i Serratosa), Martin Alonso Pinzon (Rossend Nobas) Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (Josep Llimona), Fray Antonio de Marchena (Pere Carbonell), Fray Juan Perez (Eduard Batista i Alentorn), Andrés Cabrera, marquis de Moya (Manel Fuxà) and Beatriz de Bobadilla, Marchioness of Moya (Josep Carcass) .
On the inside of the column that holds Columbus, there is a lift to you up to the feet of the statue, which overlooks the city, although it is closed to the public since 2011.
At the foot of the statue, eight stone lions are always surrounded by tourists posing on them and taking pictures.