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26 m tall monument, Gift of the local Italian community, initiated by Antonio Devoto, a wealthy Italian immigrant, for the centennary of the Argentine independence. The monument is made of Carrara marble. The first stone was laid on 24 May 1910 and it was unveiled on 15 June 1921. It is divided into four parts:
  1. Statue, 6.25 m high.
  2. Column.
  3. Allegories. - Around the column there are allegorical representations inspired by the verses of Medea by Sophocles: the Civilization, Science, the Genius and the Ocean. (an other source adds Faith and the New World.)
  4. Base.

4. Base.
On the sides are marble reliefs:

Columbus explains his plans to the Catholic kings.

Columbus return

In the fourth side a door leads to a 6 meter high room intended to house a museum, but never completed.


The square column is on the front side inscribed:
cristoforo colombo
On the front side of the base: palos iii agosto mcdxcii.

1992 addition

Bronze plaque, with the text:
a cristoforo colombo
genio maximo de los genoveses
la federacion de entitades ligures
en la argentina
en recuerdo del quinto centenario del
cumplimiento de su historia hazaña
1492 12 de octubre 1992

This monument on postcards

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This monument on stamps

Scott 373


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Location (S 34°36'29" - W 58°22'6")

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Item Code: ar007; Added: 10 December 2006  / Updated: 9 January 2011

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