Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

Visiting the quaint and beautiful city of Seville in southern Spain means that you are going to have a ton of options for sites to see, restaurants to enjoy and tiny, cobblestone streets to wander. One of the areas that cannot be missed is Plaza de España. An incredible open span with some incredibly intricate architecture is sure to wow any visitor.

Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain

Around the plaza

When you walk into the Plaza de España you are immediately taken by the enormity of the area and the intricacies of the detail in the design. Around the edges of the plaza are the Alcoves of the Provinces’. These small alcoves contain tiles that are decorated and dedicated to each region of spain, including some imagery that showcases the drastic variances between the regions within the country.

Within the center of the plaza is a bidy of water that can be crossed by small bridges adorned with tiles. You can also take a leisurely cruise across the canals that add to the atmosphere. You can head into the building and up to the second floor’s balcony which offers a great panoramic view of the huge plaza.

The history

The Plaza de España is an open area located in the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park), in Seville. It was designed by Aníbal González and originally built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It stands as a landmark example of the Renaissance Revival style in Spanish architecture.

Current status of the plaza

The plaza is used for offices for the central government departments. It has also been featured as a filming location for movies such as ‘The Dictator’, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and two of the ‘Star Wars’ movies.

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