This monument dedicated to the man who discovered America looks down over the Plaza de Colón. Standing 17 metres tall, it is one of the landmarks of the area surrounding the Paseo de la Castellana and an emblem of Madrid’s financial centre.
The statue of Christopher Columbus is a three metre high sculpture, created by Jerónimo Suñol and carved out of Carrara marble, set atop a large 14 metre high pedestal and located in the square dedicated to this famous mariner. The admiral is depicted wearing a tunic and cape, and in one hand he is holding the flag of Castile, which is resting on a globe, whilst the other hand is open and outstretched in front of him.
The base, of gothic inspiration, features relief work on all four sides, depicting scenes related with the discovery of America: Columbus talking to Padre Diego de Deza, who was responsible for opening up the doors to the Court; Our Lady of the Pillar accompanied by two angels, the three ships Columbus used for his expedition, La Pinta, La Niña and La Santa María; the mariner once again, this time explaining the reasons for his voyage to Queen Isabella, the Catholic Monarch; and finally, a caravel with a large globe inside bearing the inscription “Columbus gave a new world to Castile and Leon”.
Behind this statue we find the Discovery Gardens, and just a stone’s throw away, emblematic buildings such as the National Library, the Mint, and the National Archaeological Museum.