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Monumento a la Fe Descubridora

Monument to the Discoverer Faith

Gertrudis V. Whitney
1929

Huelva /  Monumento a la Fe Descubridora   Huelva /  Monumento a la Fe Descubridora

Description

Stone statue. Inside the pedestal is a chapel with statues of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. (Photo from the Boston Traveller, 18 March 1929.

Inscription(s)

Originally, there were (as far as I know) no dedicatory plaques or other text on the monument. In 1956 and 1980 two different plaques were mounted on the pedestal of the monument.
The 1956 plaque says:

ESTA ESTATUA FUE DONADA
EN 1929 AL PUEBLO ESPAÑOL
POR EL PUEBLO DE LOS ESTADOS
UNIDOS COMO EXPRESION DE
AMISTADA LA NACION CUYA
GENEROSIDAD Y CLARA VISION
HICIERON POSIBLE EL DESCU-
BRIMIENTO DE COLON.

ERIGIDA BAJO LOS AUSPICIOS
DEL COLUMBUS MEMORIAL FUND.
ESCULTORA GERTRUDE V. WHITNEY.

EN 1956 JOHN DAVIS LODGE,
EMBAJADOR DE LOS ESTADOS
UNIDOS DESCUBRIO ESTA PLACA
PARA REAFIRMAR LA AMIS-
TAD DE LOS DOS PUEBLOS.
Translation: This statue was donated To the Spanish people in 1929 By the people of the United States as an expression of Friendship to the nation whose Generosity and clear vision Made possible Columbus's Discovery.
Erected under the auspices Of the Columbus Memorial fund. Gertrude V. Whitney, sculptress.
In 1956 John Davis Lodge, Ambassador of the United States Unveiled this plaque To reaffirm the friendship Of the two peoples.

In 1980 a plaque was mounted on the monument to commemoratie the centenary of the Real Sociedad Colombina Onubense (Royal Columbian Society of Huelva):

1880 - 1980
LA REAL SOCIEDAD COLOMBINA ONUBENSE
EN EL CENTENARIO DE SU FUNDACION
DEDICO ESTA PLACA EN HONOR DE LOS
MARINEROS QUE BAJO EL MANDO DE
COLON Y DE LOS HERMANOS PINZON
HALLARON UN NUEVO MUNDO
EMILIANO SANZ ESCALERO
PRESIDENTE
JOSE MA SEGOVIA AZCARATE
SECRETARIO
Translation: 1880 - 1980. The Huelva Royal Columbus Society On the centenary of its foundation Dedicated this plaque in honor of the Sailors that under the command of Columbus and the Pinzón brothers Found a New World. Emiliano Sanz Escalero President José Ma. Segovia Azcárate Secretary.

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The pedestal has in the corners four sculptures, these details are shown on the photo. Click on the photo for a larger image (100 kB).

Annotation

The colossal Monumento a la Fe Descubridora (Monument to the Discoverer Faith), better known as Monumento á Colón (Monument to Columbus) is a landmark in the flat region at the confluence of the rivers Tinto and Odiel, the so-called Punta del Sebo, just south of the city of Huelva and opposite the Monastery of La Rábida. It is the most representative and best known image of Huelva. The was erected in 1929 under auspices of the Columbus Memorial Fund. The gaze of Christopher Columbus, oriented to the immensity of the ocean and the way to the Discovery, marks the calling of the sea for the people of Huelva.

Construction Photos 1928-29


Click here or on the photo for a page with photos made by Anne McAuliffe in 1928-29.

The statue seen from La Rabida
The monument seen from La Rábida.

This monument on postcards

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This monument on stamps

Scott 1475   Yvert 980

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 37°12'44" W 6°56'25"

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Item Code: esan008; Added: 7 November 2004  / Photograph: 8 March 2002

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