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Huelva City - Fact 4

American sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's 37-metre Colon Cubist statue © Michelle Chaplow
American sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's 37-metre Colon Cubist statue.

CARRY ON COLUMBUS

Returning to the omnipresent theme of Sr Colon, visitors to Huelva will find a host of modern-day monuments to the revered explorer. American sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's 37-metre Cubist statue sits at Punta del Sebo, where the Tinto and Odiel rivers merge. It depicts a Franciscan friar from La Rabida (see Fact II), not Colon himself as many people incorrectly assume, and is a homage both to Colon and the Christian faith. More child-friendly are the life-size replicas of Columbus´ three ships at the Muelle de las Carabelas on the Rio Tinto estuary in nearby Palos de la Frontera, from where the original vessels set sail.

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