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La Rabída

La Rabída

The Grupo de Universidades Iberoamericanas La Rábida (Group of Latin American Universities La Rabida) originates from an agreement signed in 1995 by several universities in the Latin American Headquarter of Santa María de la Rábida de la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. Its purpose is to create academic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation between Huelva, Andalusia and Latin America.

Built by José Álvarez Checa Curbelo and Tomás Curbelo between 1999-1991 for the celebration of the fifth centenary of the Discovery of America. Its construction would bridge the gap between the Old and the New World to symbolize the embrace between the two continents.

The monument was initiated in 1891 by Manuel Echegoyán and finished a year later, coinciding with the celebration of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America. The initiative for building the monument dates back to late 1875, when the President of the Diputación de Huelva, Antonio González Ciézar, exposes the idea of erecting a monument in honour of the participants in the discovery of America.

Plus Ultra was a Spanish Aeronautics Military seaplane that conducted its first flight between Spain and America, taking off on 22 January 1926 in front of La Rabida and arriving to Buenos Aires on 10 February 1926.

A botanical garden with a growing collection of flora collected from five continents. It was opened in 1993 and the expedition was to result in an important herbarium of more than 20,000 species and a collection of 6,000 slides were sent to the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid.

Muelle de las Carabelas (Warf of the Caravels) is a waterfront exhibition with life-size replicas of Columbus's three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María, built for the 500th anniversary celebrations. The construction of Muelle de las Carabelas was carried out by architect, Pluvio Fernández Heredia, and inaugurated on 15 March 1994.

The monastery was constructed in 1412 on the site of a Moorish stronghold. 'Rábida' is a Arabic word meaning fortress. Its Moorish influences can still be seen in its Mudéjar architecture, including the fine cloister.

Part of the Paraje Natural Marismas del Odiel, the Estero de Domingo Rubio is situated seven kilometres south of Huelva city near the La Rábida monastery. The Estero is a creek that runs south of the monastery into the Odiel/Tinto estuary. The protected area of the Estero covers 480 hectares. It is bordered by saltmarshes and mudflats at the estuary end and freshwater marshes further upstream. Also at the upper end is a freshwater lake.

Seven kilometres south of Huelva city where the Tinto and Odiel rivers meet is an area known as La Rabida in which is located the 15th-century Franciscan Monasterio de Santa María de la Rábida. If you're interested in Christopher Columbus, this is one of three places to visit around Huelva. The other two are the nearby town of Palos de la Frontera.