Statue of Columbus
Constructed for the 1888 Universal Exposition, the Columbus Monument (Mirador de Colom) reminds locals and visitors alike that Spain’s Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand received Columbus in Barcelona
after his first trip to the Americas. A 24-foot statue of the famous explorer stands atop the tower, easily spotted from La Rambla. At a height of 197 feet, the 360-degree view of Barcelona is breathtaking, as would be the trip to the top on foot—fortunately, there’s an elevator.