Monumento a Colón

By Saskia Mier

Monumento a Colón is an elevated statue dedicated to Christopher Columbus. The sculpture was created by, Elías Rodríguez Picón, and was inaugurated on 20 January 2011 during the patron saint festivities of San Sebastián.

The piece consists of an aged bronze sculpture of about three meters in height upon a pedestal of stone measuring four and a half meters, and represents the admiral conforming to the traditional image of the discovery of America. He carries a sword to the waist, holds a flag with the Crown of Castille in the left hand which is crowned by a parochial cross symbolizing the role of the Catholic Church in the Columbian project. With his right hand, he points to the sea and a medal of the Virgen de la Cinta, patroness of Huelva, hangs from his neck.

The pedestal is a square column of brickwork, covered with stone and set upon stone steps. It contains two texts; "Huelva to Christopher Columbus" and the other giving a description on sponsorship and inauguration.

Located in Plaza de las Monjas.