Monumento de Cristobal Colon

Monumento de Cristobal Colon

Monumento de Cristobal Colon
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The area
Neighborhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Colón • 2 min walk
  • Serrano • 4 min walk
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Tucson18,275 contributions
Jul 2022
Columbus (or Colon or Colom) is an historical figure with a past; not all of it favorable but at least notable for its accomplishments, even at the price that others paid. But here we are, at the foot of the monument and it is a column with stories only rivaled by the bible (so to speak). Every level tells an episode in the saga of this man's life.

To begin with, it does stand 197 feet tall (maybe because of all the episodes needing to be carved into the story) and was constructed in 1888 for the Exposition. The man himself stand at the top, all 24 feet of his persona, pointing (ahem, an error) not to the new world but to Constantine, Algeria. Ooops.

On every level of this vertical story, griffins, victories (the winged ones), medallions, and bits and pieces of his career and life are assembled. People related to Columbus are listed, also a bit on his son and himself asking for food at a monastery, and lots more. His was not an easy mission and the gift to sail was hard won.

There is a claustrophobic internal elevator (holds maybe 4 people) but why bother? Views are just s good from close by big buildings or from the cruise ship.

Interesting old piece sculpted with a story in each of its medallions, bas-relief panels, and all the accoutrements telling a detailed story.
Written November 25, 2022
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Malgorzata
11,503 contributions
Aug 2020
Located at the roundabout on Paseo de la Castellana. The monument was made by the sculptor Jeronimo Sunol, and the Gothic pedestal is the work of Arturo Melida. The entire sculptural ensemble is approximately 17 meters high. The statue of Christopher Columbus measures three meters. In his right hand he holds the flag of Castile resting on the globe. Very impressive and beautiful.
Written July 23, 2021
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK556 contributions
Apr 2022
Not easy to get a good view of this as to see it close you are either passing at some speed or negotiating a tricky roundabout. However if you can it is worth a look, not least because the plinth is as attractive and informative as the statue itself. It might be worth using the sidewalk to the Plaza da Colon and taking a telephoto shot if you have the equipment.
Written April 25, 2022
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
Sep 2019
One of the most impressive and tall statues in Madrid is the monument dedicated to Christofor Columbus. Dominating the Plaza del Colon, nearby the Discovery Gardens, it stands proudly in its center, visible from afar.
Written January 21, 2020
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sheepygold
london5,253 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
This is a beautifully sculpted monument which like all similar monuments in Madrid is stuck bang in the middle of a busy main road. However if you go to the West of it you can get a picture of the monument with the largest Spanish flag in the world behind - even better on a windy day when it unfurls.
Written July 14, 2018
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Les L
St. Petersburg, FL16,217 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Located in the middle of the street like many of Madrid's major monuments, it's hard to get up close but it's impressive from all angles.
Written July 28, 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
The Monument to Cristobal Colon honors Columbus and is on the very busy Plaza de Colon, which has heavy traffic beside it. The statue is very clean and it is made of Italian marble and the sculptor was Jeronimo Suñol.
Written April 27, 2016
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Brattyhands
Edinburgh, UK2,412 contributions
Apr 2016 • Business
The statue is located in the middle of a very very busy large round-a-bout, so getting close to the statue can prove a bit hairy. The statue is beautifully carved and worth a closer look.
Written April 4, 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
The Christopher Columbus Monument is located at the Plaza de Colon and is beside the Paseo de Castellana, one of the main avenues of the city. It is a beautiful monument and we have passed it almost every day during our stay in the city.
Written September 21, 2015
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
The Monument to Columbus was the work of the architects/artists Arturo Mélida and Jerónimo Suñol, and the statue was created between 1881 and 1885. It is located at the Paseo de Castellana and is beside the Plaza de Colon. The statue of Columbus is 3 meters high and is made of white marble from Italy. At his right hand he has the flag of Castille.
Written January 6, 2014
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