Christopher Columbus Monument and Viewpoint

Close up photo of the statue at the top of the Christopher Columbus monument, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The Columbus Monument Barcelona’s Columbus Monument (Catalan: Mirador de Colom) was erected in 1888 for the Universal Exposition. The 60m high iron column is topped by a bronze statue of the famous Italian explorer who is portrayed holding nautical charts and pointing out to sea. Although the monument is a tribute to the man who discovered …

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Las Arenas – Bullring Turned Shopping Centre and Viewpoint

Tourists line the viewing platform of the Las Arenes bullring turned shopping mall in Barcelona

The Las Arenas de Barcelona bullring was inaugurated in 1900 and was the second of 3 bullfighting rings built in Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect August Font i Carreras, the plaza had a capacity for nearly 15,000 spectators. During the 1970s, as bullfighting became less popular, the arena faced declining attendance and finally closed in …

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Antoni Llena’s Chicken Wire Tribute to Castellers

Close up of the chicken wire statue in plaça de Sant Miquel showing how the stainless steel pipes which make up the statue are twisted together.

Located in Plaça de Sant Miquel behind Barcelona’s City Hall, this unusual 26.5m high stainless steel tower by Antoni Llena i Font was unveiled in 2012 during the Feast of Santa Eulalia. The statue is titled Homenatge als Castellers and is a tribute to the emblematic human towers which are a traditional feature of public …

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