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Colomares - castle-monument to the most famous navigator and discoverer


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Colomares - castle-monument to the most famous navigator and discoverer


There is hardly a person who has not heard the name of Christopher Columbus. For his achievements and discoveries, the navigator is famous for centuries - it would be strange if a castle had not been built in his honor! Colomares is a castle-monument to the legendary Columbus. Despite its importance, the place is not considered popular among tourists - on the contrary, more often it is found by chance, just walking around the city. And, having discovered this structure, people cannot leave without examining it completely: the peculiarities of architecture, the meanings that are embedded in the structure, and its majestic appearance are striking. Probably, this was Columbus: a stately, powerful and difficult person.

Colomares castle: concept

The structure can be called young, if not young: construction began in 1987 at the initiative of Stephen Martin. For 7 years, with the help of 2 enthusiasts, he managed to bring his plans to life. The main goal pursued by Martin was to give the Spaniards and foreign tourists an opportunity to learn everything about the personality of the legendary navigator, about his campaigns and the discovery of America, which is called the New World.

Architecture and exposition

The building can be called a book made of stone, on the pages of which the events of half a thousand years ago come to life:

  • In the center of the composition is the ship "Ave Maria", symbolizing the era of Christopher Columbus
  • The castle is the location of the mausoleum, where, in the hope of the creators of Colomares, the remains of Columbus will be buried in due time
  • The outer towers and the palace are historical landmarks of the Middle Ages.

In addition to the fact that Colomares is dedicated to the wanderings of Christopher Columbus, the structure reflects some events from the history of Spain:

  • The fountain of lovers, which symbolizes the royal couple of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, during whose reign Columbus made the legendary sailing
  • Unification portal reminiscent of the connection of Navarra to the main part of Spain.

Information for tourists

  • The entrance fee includes a paper booklet telling about all the exhibits on the territory of the Colomares castle, its history and concept
  • There is an observation deck for visitors, which offers a wonderful view of the Mediterranean landscapes
  • It is best to get to Colomares by bus or car from Malaga, the nearest airport is also located in Malaga.

Interesting Facts

  • The idea to build Colomares came to Stephen Martin, a renowned physician, M.D.
  • The structure was built with only 3 materials: cement, brick and stones
  • The decor is made of precious metals, wood and marble
  • The style of the castle is defined as mixed with elements of the Gothic, Moorish, Byzantine and Roman
  • On the territory of the complex, there is a chapel that has entered the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest chapel in the world.

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