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Torre Colom Christopher Columbus monument and port viewpoint

built for the 1888 World Exposition, the Columbus Monument has an elevator to a narrow enclosed viewpoint below the crowning statue by sculptor Rafael Atche.

Updated: Feb 12, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1k

About Torre Colom Barcelona

A 60m tall monument constructed for the 1888 Universal Exhibition in honour of columbus fist voyage to the Americas. On his return from the new world Columbus reported to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V in Barcelona.

The statue at the top depicts columbus pointoing towards the new world while holding a scroll. However the statue is not actually pointing west and many believe he is pointing towards his home town of Genoa. This is not true as the statue points south-southeast towards the Northern African Coastline. Most likely the statue is orientated this way to have him pointing out to sea.

Around the stone pedestal are statues of eight people related to Columbus and four figures that represent four realms of Spain: the Principality of Catalonia, and the kingdoms of Leon, Aragon, and Castile. The base has four staircases, each flanked by two lions.

Visiting Torre Colom Barcelona

An elevator inside the column takes visitors up to a viewing platform at the top just below the statue. To access the viewpoint take the narrow starcase down into the tourist information office located below the statue.

For opening times and ticket purchase online check the website.

Torre Colombus Viewpoint opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 08:30h to 20:30h.

Closed: January 1st and December 25th.

Accessibility, mobility & Clothing for Torre Colom Barcelona

The lift to the viewing platform is a confined space for 2 people only plus the lift operator so no large bags.

Pushchairs are impossible due to the size of the elevator. This is announced as apt for wheelchairs but I think it only includes the basement gift shop at the base of the tower.

There is no bicycle anchorage near to Torre Colom.

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Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual € 8.00 Child T-familiar € 4.00 For 4-12 Years. Under 4 FREEGroup/Family Ticket? No.Notes Buy tickets in the turist information office below monument.

Getting to Torre Colom Barcelona

Address: Plaza Portal de la pau S/N, Barcelona. 08001

Nearest TMB Metro is Drasanes on the green (L3) line.

Documents for Torre Colom Barcelona

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Street Map Port of Barcelona

Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks


Metro Map Drassanes


Wikiloc Trail for Torre Colom Barcelona

BCN04 - Historic Port of Barcelona

City walk in Barcelona in Old port area via Maritime museum, Torre Colon, Maremagnum shoping centre, Boat tours, Post office, Our lady of Mercy Basilica and Wax museum.

Distance: 3.69 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1

Transport Network: Barcelona Metro

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