After visiting the “British Legacy” of the Interpretation Center “Huelva, Puerta del Atlántico” (Huelva, Gate to the Atlantic), I had to visit one of the most important legacies: the Muelle Río Tinto, which has been named of Cultural Interest.
What is it? It is a work of engineering constructed by the British company Río Tinto Company Limited. It is the end of the railway line that brought the mineral extracted in the mines of Río Tinto to the capital, and where the merchandise was shipped.
What does it look like? It was designed by Sir George Barclay Bruce and Thomas Gibson between the years 1874 and 1876, following the guidelines of the Eiffel Tower. It is a metallic structure, built in wood and iron, with two levels. It has a length of 1.165 meters, 500 of them go inside the Odiel River.
Where is it? In the outskirts of the city, next to the Odiel and very close to Real de la Feria and the Estadio Nuevo Colombino. Today, it is a nice place for walking and an excellent viewpoint, especially the part on the Odiel. If we follow towards the Muelle de Levante we will find the Zafra Park with sculptures, two lakes, a children’s area and beautiful gardens.
The Discoverer Faith Monument is dedicated to Christopher Columbus and is one of the main symbols of Huelva. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Tinto and Odiel (called Punta del Sebo), about 4 km from the city center and almost opposite La Rabida, where you can find Columbian Caravels Pier and the Monastery La Rabida. The image of Columbus stands on a pedestal representing the Aztec, Inca, Maya and Christian faiths, as well as commemorative plates. It was designed in a cubist style by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1929.