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Colomares Castle in Benalmádena

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This castle was building between 1987 and 1994 by Dr. Esteban Martin and Martin with only  two bricklayers more, to honor Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of America. It takes seven years to build it.


This building mixes influences of different architectural styles such as the Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and Moorish Spain that marked culturally.

The materials used are brick, concrete, natural stone and wood, among others.

The monument presents various elements of the symbolism of the Catholic Monarchs, the three cultures in medieval Spain (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) and other elements of the voyage of Columbus.

Note the presence of a Chinese pagoda that symbolizes the original idea of Columbus to reach the coasts of Asia. COLOMARES CASTLE IN BENALMÁDENA1

The building pays tribute to the figures of the Catholic Monarchs.

COLOMARES CASTLE IN BENALMÁDENA 2The floor of the castle, main element of the monument is 1,500 square meters, making it the largest monument to Christopher Columbus. The interior of the building houses the smallest chapel in the world (1.96 square meters) dedicated to St. Elizabeth of Hungary. It also houses an empty mausoleum in the hope that one day there to rest the remains of Columbus.

 “Are represented the three ships that Columbus used on his voyage, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria in this castle Monument. The girl at the top of the building, under the arch of La Rabida, the monastery gave shelter to Colon when he arrived from Portugal. La Pinta, in the main facade, this being the ship’s finches brothers, with the horse Pegasus, which supports it. The Santa Maria, isolated from the other two, because this ship had an accident and sank on Christmas Day in Santo Domingo. The crew, who were on the order of 39 sailors, were left on the island and did not return to Spain, and who died at the hands of the Indians.”(Click here to know more about the history)

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