The name of the pretty square, that even the large and modern buildings have not been able to ruin, is named after Cristóbal Colón, the Spanish name of the explorer and discoverer Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered America.
In honor of Columbus and his journey, who discovered America and turned Spain into a real powerhouse and a great Empire, rich and strong, the square has two monuments.
A statue of Columbus - a statue of the one who discovered America, Italian sailor from a low-income family, who did not know he would discover a new land, and become a Spanish hero.
Behind the statue of Columbus is the "Garden of Explorers" (Jardines del Descubrimiento). At the edge you will see a pile of cement. These are contemporary art statues, symbolizing the three ships that participated in Columbus's journey: Santa Maria, Pinta, and Nina.
Next to Plaza de Colon, there is a museum of archeology, and Madrid's Wax Museum.
Near the cultural center you can catch for rest at the relaxing cafes under the shaded trees.