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2020-08-21 12:15:55

Plaza de España: take a boat ride along the history of the country

Plaza de España: take a boat ride along the history of the country

There are places that will conquer for life - and not only tourists who have already visited them, but also those who are just studying photos of attractions, planning a trip. The centuries-old history, unique architectural structures and cultural monuments are a kind of magnet for travelers looking for impressions. All this was absorbed by the Plaza de España in Seville - a mesmerizing place that has become the hallmark of the whole country. A delightful ensemble of palace buildings from the early 20th century reflects and emphasizes the majesty and uniqueness of Spanish culture.

The history of the emergence of the Plaza of Spain

In its modern form, the Plaza de España is a collection of various projects and ideas of architects working on the Ibero-American exhibition in Seville. It is located in the Maria Luisa Park and was built for more than 15 years - from 1914 to 1929. Anibal Gonzalez was appointed the author of the project, predicting the square the role of the central object of the upcoming exhibition, conveying modernity, grandeur and unity of Spain. The result was an architectural solution for mixing construction techniques and styles, which gave the city a unique cultural monument.

The foundation stone of the square was laid in 1914 by the monarch Alfonso XIII. According to the architect's idea, the main point was to be a large building in the shape of a semicircle, which is a symbol of the unity of Spain with its former colonies. The final result met all expectations, and by the beginning of the exhibition the construction was completed. Subsequently, the buildings around the square were planned to be given over to the local university, but as a result, the Seville City Hall and various museums were located in them.

What to explore and see

A relatively young square, numbering in its history a little more than a century, has become one of the main places of Seville, every day attracting not only tourists, but also sincerely loving its residents. Various styles are used in the decor of the buildings: there is a Moorish Mudejar, elements of Gothic and Renaissance, as well as features of Art Deco. You can spend more than one hour exploring the unique buildings, museums and architectural landmarks in Plaza de España.

  • The central building, from which the smaller buildings radiate on each side, is framed by tall Mannerist towers. There is a very popular theater inside
  • Only two-fifths of the entire territory has been allocated for buildings, and the rest of the space is free for walks and celebrations. In the center of the Plaza de España, there is a magnificent fountain, which met a lot of criticism during its construction, but is well received by the Sevillians today, as it helps them escape from the heat
  • Along the perimeter there are 48 shops, decorated with picturesque frescoes and personifying the 2 Spanish archipelagos and 46 provinces. Coat of arms, interesting historical facts and a map of the area are laid out in majolica and are placed in the order of the letters of the alphabet
  • The main gallery of monuments is lined up along the water channels, along which, in good weather, you can ride boats and enjoy the views of the square from a different angle.

Interesting Facts

  • Great Spanish figures are captured in 48 busts installed in the square
  • The architectural ensemble of the Plaza de España is framed by 2 towers so large that you can see them from any part of the city
  • Initially, 8 bridges were planned on the square, crossing the canal, but in the end only four were built - in honor of the most ancient Spanish kingdoms: Leon, Aragon, Navarre and Castile
  • Cinema lovers will be able to remember the footage of the square in the legendary film "Star Wars. Episode II: Attack of the Clones ".

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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