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Huelva City - Fascinating 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 and nearby Palos de la Frontera, from where the original vessels set sail.

 

 

  • Fact 1 - Driving through Huelva, and suddenly find yourself transported back to suburban Victorian England?
  • Fact 2 - Christopher Columbus is Huelva's own local hero and you can follow in his footsteps.
  • Fact 3 - Huelva´s football club, Recreativo, is the oldest in Spain.
  • Fact 4 - See replicas of Columbus` faithful ships - every schoolchild can name them for you.
  • Fact 5 - From erotic poetry to children's books, this Nobel Laureate was Onubense.
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