High above the swirl of traffic navigating the roundabout below, Christopher Columbus keeps permanent watch, pointing vaguely out to the Mediterranean from this Corinthian-style iron column built for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. Zip up 60m in a lift for a bird’s-eye view back up La Rambla and across Barcelona's ports. You can also enjoy a wine tasting afterwards in the cellar underneath (€8 for lift and wine).
It was in Barcelona that Columbus allegedly gave the delighted Catholic monarchs a report of his first explorations in the Americas after his voyage in 1492. In the 19th century, it was popularly believed that Columbus was one of Barcelona’s most illustrious sons. Some historians still make that claim.