Plaza de Colón

Plaza de Colón is a wide open space, dominated by an enormous monument to Christopher Columbus, constructed between 1881 and 1885.

Framed by the streets Serrano, Goya, Jorge Juan, Paseo de la Castellana and Paseo de Recoletos, Plaza de Colón is one of the most important points in Madrid - especially during public celebrations such as Christmas or Gay pride, when it becomes one of the main places for events.

Throughout history, the square has also been a place for demonstrations to congregate.

Points of Interest

  • Columbus Towers: In the square can be found the unusual Colón Towers: two great twin buildings built between 1967 and 1976 which strangely enough were constructed from the top down. The towers are currently being renovated.
  • Columbus Monument: Built between 1881 and 1885, the monument to Columbus is 3 metres tall and made of white marble, standing on a pedestal itself 17 metres high.
  • The gardens of discovery: Inaugurated in 1970, the gardens of discovery are composed of various grassy and wooded sections, between which can be found the Monument to the Discovery of America - a series of concrete structures made of concrete and covered in reliefs and inscriptions
  • The Spanish Flag: Plaza de Colón has an impressive Spanish flag, 12 metres wide and 14 high, with flies from a flagpole 50 metres in height.
  • Archaeological Museum: To one of the sides of the square, you can find the National Archaeological Museum - unmissable for lovers of ancient art, and with jewels such as the  Dama de Elche