Barcelona, a photo a day

AMERICA!!!



This is a special post for all my friends and followers in the Americas, on a very special day. 40 years ago today, Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the Moon. I actually remember watching it on television. I was 8. This is the event which probably started my lifelong passion for science fiction.

Another traveler came back from his first trip to another unknown place, America. Barcelona is the place where he was received by the Catholic Kings of Spain.

A 7 meters high statue stands now on top of a 47.10 m high cast iron column, in the port area, just next to the ferry terminal and the Maritime Museum. It was erected from 1882 to 1888, the year it was dedicated.

Much more about the Cristobal Colon Monument here.

8 responses

  1. That's a very interesting coincidence. And both amazing achievements.

    Glad to hear about another sci-fi fan in CDP 😉

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    July 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

  2. I had never seen this statue before. Excellent post.

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    July 21, 2009 at 4:16 am

  3. «Louis» has added a link to your blog in his right sidebar.

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    July 21, 2009 at 3:51 am

  4. American historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote a fine biography of Chrisobal Colon. To write the book, he embarked on a cruise in a replica sailing ship, following what is known of the course Colon took. Morison was also commissioned by Franklin Roosevelt to write a history of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II. The resulting work is 15 volumes. «Louis» has this collection and has read it all!

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    July 21, 2009 at 3:47 am

  5. OlĂĄ amigo! É realmente uma belĂ­ssima homenagem. CrintovĂŁo Colombo foi um grande navegador, que vencendo a fĂșria das ĂĄguas oceĂąnicas, chegou com bravura a AmĂ©rica.

    Abraços,

    Furtado.

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    July 20, 2009 at 11:51 pm

  6. great story behind the statue you told:)

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    July 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  7. m_m

    Looks exotic among palm leaves:) Nice angle!

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    July 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

  8. Beautiful post!

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    July 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm