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Monumento a Colón

Columbus Monument

Christopher Columbus
(prob. Cogoleto, Republic of Genua, c. 1451 - Valladolid 1506)
Italian explorer, who in Spanish service completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of America (see Background Information)
Rafael Atché & Etual Ojeda

Maspalomas /  Monumento a Colón   Maspalomas /  Monumento a Colón


Stone statue of Columbus in a high column. Between the column and the plaform of the statue is a globe, with an exaggerated map of the Canary Islands. On the base are texts and reliefs. Front:

At the top a mask with the year "(MDII)" and at the bottom some cactuses and an anchor with the year "(MMVI)"

Maspalomas - Monumento a Colón Maspalomas - Monumento a Colón

Back: Representations of Columbus' fleet with the text "MARE INCOGNITA" At the sides texts in Spanish and English.


colón visitó
este hermoso
lugar el 24
de mayo
de 1502
despues de hacer aguada
y descansar un día, colón
continuo su viaje hacia
lo que el creía era el
extremo oriental del
continente asiático

on his last
journey to
“the indias”
on may the 24th.
c. columbus
visited this place
to take on water
and rest. the next day
they departed for
what they thought it
was, the oriental
land of asia.


Copy of the monument in Barcelona.


Sources & Information


Location (N 27°44'46" - W 15°36'2")

Item Code: esca004; Photograph: 8 January 2015
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