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Spain
El Puerto de Santa Maria
Cádiz

Plaza Cristobal Colon

Azulejo retrato de Colón

Azulejo portrait of Columbus


1938

El Puerto de Santa Maria /  Azulejo retrato de Colón   El Puerto de Santa Maria /  Azulejo retrato de Colón

Description

Azulejo with a portrait of Christopher Columbus (renewed in 1988 by Pepita Lena) at the end of a small square, the Plaza Cristobal Colon, which has in the pavement also the year 1938.

Inscription(s)

A memoral plaque above the azulejo reads:
A CRISTOBAL COLON
QVE EN ESTA CIVDAD
FOMENTO LA CARTOGRAFIA
I PREPARO SV PRIMER VIAGE
BAJO LOS AVSPICIOS
DE DN LVIS DE LA CERDA
SV CONDE I SEÑOR
1484-1486
Translation:To Christopher Columbus Who in this city Fomented cartography And prepared his first voyage Under D. Luis de la Cerda's auspicies. His Count and Lord 1484-1486.

and the date 1938

Annotation

Christopher Columbus went to Spain in 1485, and in La Rábida he got a letter of introduction for the Don Luis de la Cerda, Count of Medina Celi, He performed some services for the count, that brought him a compensation of 3000 maravedis in May, 1487. Columbus lived about two years at the home of the count in El Puerto de Santa Maria and made unsuccessful endeavors to interest him in his scheme of maritime exploration. The count arranged a meeting between Columbus and Queen Isabella.

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Tags

Location N 36°35'48" W 6°13'33"

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Item Code: esan004; Added: 12 March 2002  / Photograph: 12 March 2002

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