Christopher Columbus Statue Genoa Italy about 1892

Christopher Columbus Statue Genoa Italy about 1892

STATUE OF COLUMBUS, GENOA, ITALY— “Genoa, la Superba” well deserves its name. Its situation is glorious and the view of the ocean spread out beneath its flower-crowned terraces is magnificent. The history of this city is brilliant and eventful, and one ever-memorable feature of it is commemorated in this noble statue recently erected in a prominent square directly in front of the principal Genoese railway station. It greets the traveler, therefore, on arriving here; it bids him farewell as he takes his leave. The inscription briefly tells us what this handsome monument signifies, viz: the gift of a grateful country to Christopher Columbus. For it is the glory of Genoa to have been in 1435 the birthplace of that immortal discoverer. What though it has been proved that hardy Norsemen crossed the North Atlantic centuries before Columbus sailed from Spain? His courage, faith and perseverance are not less sublime. Whatever Northern Vikings may have done, America was still in 1492 virtually a terra incognita, and it was the illustrious son of Genoa who brought it to the knowledge of the civilized world and revolutionized the ideas, hopes and destinies of mankind. The design of this monument is admirable. Columbus leans upon an anchor, his right hand pointing to the figure of America. Below him we discern, encircling the shaft, a line of naval ornaments symbolic of the discoverer’s little fleet. On the corners of the pedestal are statues representing Science, Religion, Courage and Geography, and between them scenes of his adventurous career. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)



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