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.