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The Lugares Colombinos is a tourist route in the province of Huelva in Andalusia. A number of places along the route have a special relationship with the preparation and realization of Christopher Columbus first voyage to America. There are two locations: Palos de la Frontera, the old town and the convent La Rabida, and Moguer. Columbus was several times in both places, and some people who lived there gave him a helping hand and advice for his planned trip, like the Pinzón brothers and the monks from the monastery of La Rabida and the Niño brothers from Moguer. Prominent families and seafarers from the region participated in the discovery

The 19th century American author Washington Irving published a book about the journey of Columbus and added a short essay about Palos de la Frontera ("visiting Palos").

The Lugares Colombinos occupy an important place in the history that connects Spain with Latin America, and is one of the most historic and cultural sites of the province of Huelva.

Palos de la Frontera describes itself as the cradle of the discovery of America. The royal announcement of the provision of two caravels for Columbus voyage was read in the 14th century Iglesia de San Jorge Martin on April 30, 1492. The church was declared a national monument in 1931.

Near the church stands the Fontanilla, the fountain, which according to tradition, Columbus took water from for his ships.

The house of the Pinzón brothers, the co-discoverers of America, the Casa Museo de Martin Alonso Pinzón, is a museum. The façade of the house dates from the 15th century. Martin Pinzón was the eldest brother and played an important role in encouraging sailors to join the journey. He was a famous ship owner and invested money for the trip.

The Franciscan monastery of Santa Maria de la Rabida Is situated 3 km outside the town of Palos de la Frontera, near the mouth of the Rio Tinto. The monastery dates back from the 14th century and Columbus came here several times for its hospitality, help and support. He used the place primarily to find peace and develop his ideas, especially with the help of several of the monks. The monastery is a museum nowadays and has many objects are related to the discovery of America. The church of the monastery was built in Gothic-Mudéjar style and has many beautiful frescoes by Daniel Vázquez Díaz. The namesake of the monastery is the 14th century statue of the Virgin of Miracles. This picture is a fine example of Gothic mannerism. Columbus and his crew have prayed before the image on the eve of their departure.

Near La Rabida is the Muelle de las Carabelas (the yard of the caravels), a museum with replicas of Columbus ship Santa Maria and the La Niña and La Pinta.

Several times Columbus visited the Santa Clara convent in Moguer.

The abbess of the monastery, Ines Enriquez was an aunt of King Ferdinand II and advised the king to support Columbusíplanned trip. The monastery was declared a national monument in 1931 and contains fine examples of various architectural styles. Next to the monastery is the Columbus monument.

The caravel La Niña was built in Moguer at the site of the brothers Niño in 1488. These brothers also played an important role in the recruitment of local sailors for the expedition of Columbus.

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