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Monument for Columbus visit to Galway

Mick Wilkins
1992

Galway - Gaillimh /  Monument for Columbus visit to Galway   Galway - Gaillimh /  Monument for Columbus visit to Galway

Description

The Galway Columbus sculpture resembles a seabird.

Inscription(s)

Galway - Monument for Columbus visit to Galway on these shores
around 1477 the
genoese sailor
cristoforo
colombo
found sure signs
of land beyond
the atlantic

la citta di genova
alla citta de galway
29.vi.1992.
ar an gcladach
seo thar timpeall
1477 taibhsiodh
don mairéalach
cristoforo
colombo
as genobha, tir a
beith i goéin
thar farraige siar.

la citta di genova
alla citta de galway
29.vi.1992.
Galway - Monument for Columbus visit to Galway

Signature

wilkins

Annotation

The sculpture was presented to the city of Galway by the city of Genoa on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, since Columbus on one of his earlier travels visited Galway. He mentions the city in his writings, and claimed to have visited England, and sailed as far north as Iceland. It is believed that during his stay Columbus prayed in the Church of St. Nicholas (I was in that church, but there is no plaque or the like to commemorate this fact, although it is mentioned in the leaflet about the church).
Columbus's visit to Galway is the city's most famous legend and is often told in the wildly exaggerated tale that he landed in Galway on his way to discover America. This is patently false.

Galway - Gaillimh / Monument for Columbus visit to Galway

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Location (N 53°16'13" - W 9°3'17")

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Item Code: ie001; Added: 30 August 2002  / Photograph: 30 August 2002  / Updated: 19 June 2014

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