The Columbus Monument a 60 m tall monument for Christopher Columbus at the end of La Rambla, close to Port Vell. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona and is located at the port where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas.
An Christopher Columbus's arm is extended and the index finger points to the sea, not to America, which is in the opposite direction. This position has always created controversy, and there are three currents of opinion to explain it. The first is that the statue should be taken as metaphorical, as, to point to America, it would have to face the Rambla and this would not be understood; another states that his finger is pointing to the route to the New Continent, that means the end of the port, to reach his destination by sea: and the third hypothesis is that Columbus' finger is pointing to Genoa, the city where the explorer was born.
Plaça del Portal de la Pau, 08039 Barcelona.
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