Christopher Columbus was a Catalan ... |
... And was born in Tortosa in Spain. There are noumerous evidences for the Catalan origins of Christopher Columbus. His original name was Cristófor Colom, which is a Catalan name, unlike Spanish or Italian Colón Colombo. The analysis of his writings in Spanish showed that he made spelling mistakes that had their origins in Catalan. One of the islands in the Caribbean Sea Columbus named Montserrat, after the Catalan National Mountain Montserrat.
If visiting Spain, not only for this reason, you should not miss Tortosa, a beautiful city on the River Ebro, located about an hour of train ride from Tarragona. Tortosa is located only 15 km from the Ebro Delta.
The most worth visiting monuments are especially the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Zuda Castle, built on the site of the former Roman Acropolis. Zuda Castle walls are really large (walk around them takes about one hour) and will give you a wonderful view on Tortosa and on the mountains behind Tortosa, which belong to the Natural Park - Parc Natural Els Ports.
It is also possible to visit the Tortosa Gardens "Jardins del Princep". Lovers of architecture will appreciate the houses, built in the Modernism style.
Enjoy your trip:)))
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