|If you take the bus
from the airport, it will drop you off at Plaza
de Colon. (The bus stop is located under the plaza.)
|If you are looking to find a Hard
Rock T-shirt from Madrid, the restaurant
is located just northwest of the plaza.
||Though the plaza is
named after Columbus, the gardens are
referred to as the Gardens of Discovery.
Left: Columbus stands at the pinnacle of a
tall column. I did not check, but I would
not be surprised to learn that the statue
of Columbus is facing west and that the eyes
are scanning the horizon, looking for
that westward route to the Indies.
The Colon bus stop is
but one of the attractions under the
plaza. The cultural center, de la
Villa de Madrid, is also located
beneath the plaza. At the base of the
Columbus Monument is a fountain with a
huge cascade of water. At the ends of the
fountain are stairs leading down under
the cascade. Take them to check out the
The cascading water has a very
stimulating roar, making it difficult to
carry on a conversation outside the
|A second monument in the
plaza honors the voyage of Columbus in a
much more striking way. Several large
structures expand across the plaza with
lengthy inscriptions related to the
voyage. When viewed from a- far, this
modern structure does have an odd nautical
feel to it, like ships at sea.
The fishtail-like section shown above (see
closeup of the structure below) has a number of
names carved into its base.