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To Christopher Columbus

 
 
To Christopher Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
1. To Christopher Columbus Marker
Inscription.  
The Italians resident in America,
scoffed at before,
during the voyage, menaced,
after it, chained,
as generous as oppressed,
to the world he gave a world.

Joy and Glory
Never utter a more thrilling call
Than that which resounded
From the conquered ocean
In sight of the first American island
Land! Land!

On the XII of October MDCCCXCII
The fourth centenary
Of the discovery of America
In imperishable remembrance

 
Erected 1892.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 40° 46.085′ N, 73° 58.914′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Columbus Circle. Monument is located in Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker);
Columbus Monument image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
2. Columbus Monument
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Bela Bartok (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 213 West 58th Street (about 700 feet away); Leonard Bernstein (approx. 0.2 miles away); Osborne Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rodin Studios (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alwyn Court Apartments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carnegie Hall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .
1. Columbus Circle Fountain. (Submitted on December 30, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. The 1892 Christopher Columbus Monument - Columbus Circle. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 13, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Monument's Description, from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
A column surmounted by a statue of Columbus. On the south side of the base is a youth with wings examining a globe, symbolizing the Genius of Discovery. On the base are two reliefs tablets. One
Italian translation image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
3. Italian translation
depicts Columbus putting ashore and giving thanks to God while natives peer from behind foliage. The other depicts the Nina, Pinta, and, Santa Maria setting sail from Spain. The column itself is ornamented with three pairs of bronze rostra, beak-like prows of ancient ships. The base is surrounded by fountains of splashing water.
    — Submitted March 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
Another view of monument image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
4. Another view of monument
To Christopher Columbus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, September 29, 2012
5. To Christopher Columbus Marker
To Christopher Columbus image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 6, 2014
6. To Christopher Columbus
The complete installation at Columbus Circle, looking north.
Rear plaque of monument image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
7. Rear plaque of monument
"The Nina, Pinta, and, Santa Maria setting sail from Spain.
Front plaque on monument image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
8. Front plaque on monument
"...Columbus putting ashore and giving thanks to God while natives peer from behind foliage."
Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 29, 2007
9. Dedication Plaque
Columbus Monument
1892
Gaetano Russo
Restoration funded by
The Columbus Citizens Foundation
Through the adopt-a monument program
1991
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,120 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on March 31, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on September 30, 2012, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   6. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7, 8, 9. submitted on December 30, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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