The island splits the Guadalquivir River into 2 channels with the city center lying to the west. The more southerly part is the Triana district, a working-class residential area, the site of an ancient Monastery and Royal residence, later a ceramic factory and recently restored for royalty during the 1992 Expo which celebrated Columbus' discovery of America (he visited the monarchs at the Cartuja). The Expo stimulated great expectations for the Isla but they are slow in coming. The Olympic Stadium is used and a theme-amusement park the Isla Magica is flourishing. There are a few science-technology centers and a couple of spectacular modern bridges (Alamillo and La Barqueta) but little else. The pattern seems to be like that in the Plaza de Espana. We did not go across the river 20 years ago, but this time our city tour whisked us by . I am sure the amusement park would attract children but we had none with us on this trip. We did not visit the Monastery
The island of Cartuja is located across the river from northern Sevilla and was the site of the 1992 Universal Exposition in which the city welcomed the world by building five new bridges and this impressive pavilion. Much of it has since been dismantled, but there is still an Omnimax Theater as well as other public areas, an Observation Tower and a Navigation Pavilion.