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    Plaza de España

    by fairy_dust Updated Jun 12, 2014

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    This is truly a beauty - made of tiles, mosaic, etc, it's colourful in the daytime and glows golden at night. I was most impressed by the benches - decorated to represent every province in Spain, and the tile bridges. Unfortunately, there was no water under them in 2007 (don't know why, in every postcard I've seen, there was!) but they were quite beautiful. In 2014, there was water under the bridges, and people could rent rowboats.

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    Beautiful new building

    by solopes Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    In 1929 a very beautiful building was made near Maria Luísa park, for the Spanish-American Exhibition.

    Today it is used by the government, and it is a great detail, contrasting with the green of the park, easy to visit because of its proximity to the historical centre.

    Hard to see, in my last visit, due to maintenance works in and around it.

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    Plaza de España

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 28, 2013

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    Plaza de España is a huge square located close to Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de América, in an area where you'll find many impressive pavilions built for the 1929 Latin American Exhibition - and here on Plaza de España is the most impressive of the buildings. It was built to house Spain's industry and technology exhibits; a great architectural complex with two tall towers, and a beautiful curved red-brick facade with many ceramic tiles and decorations. Today, the building is occupied by some government offices, and I don't know if it is open for the public.

    The square itself is also quite a sight. There is a small lake, a canal, a fountain, some beautiful decorated bridges, and around 50 alcoves. They are covered with azulejos (painted ceramic tiles), and each alcove represents a province of Spain. Plaza de España is a must-see in Sevilla!

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    Plaza de España

    by draguza Updated Jul 1, 2013

    Designed for the 1929 Ibero-american Exhibition by Aníbal González, Plaza de España is a memorable site that is worth the twenty-minute walk from the Cathedral. While influenced by Renaissance and Gothic designs, it is exemplary of Moorish Revival architecture and is also considered regional architecture, as it features a number of elements specific to Sevilla, most notably the colorful, glazed ceramic tile, or azulejo, seen throughout the city. Tiled alcoves featuring the provinces of Spain decorate the walls, and four bridges cross a canal that runs along its interior perimeter. This semicircular monument, 200m in diameter, symbolizes the ties between Spain and its colonies and opens facing the Guadalquivir River, indicating the journey toward America. As you admire the beauty of the exposed brick, think back to 1929 when up to 1,000 workmen were finishing the final touches of the large, central fountain. The refreshing mist provides a great spot to cool off for those visiting during the summer.

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    Military Museum

    by littleman Written Jun 30, 2013

    There is a FREE military museum open between 9am and 1 pm.It is well worth having a look here on your trip to Plaza de Espana.It is located on the second level, right hand side looking at the fountain.

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    Plaza de Espanya

    by shavy Written Jun 29, 2013

    The Plaza de Espanya is manage by the semi-circular Spanish Pavilion, the buildings are full of symbols.The semi -circular shape symbolizes the"embrace" of the South American colony from Spain. The opening in direction to the river gives the way to that colonial channel that runs around the square Navarre. That represent the four kingdoms which once existed in Spain: Castile, Leon, and Aragon

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    Unique Square

    by Maymuna Written Apr 6, 2013

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    This Square was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is located in the beautiful María Luisa park. It is an absolutely beautiful area with little ponds and small bridges. You can even take a boat across.
    There are tiles for several Spanish cities so that the entire area represents all of Spain.

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    Plaza de España

    by GentleSpirit Written Dec 29, 2012

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    This was created for the Ibero American World Fair in 1929. Located in Maria Luisa Park, it is one of the most memorable sights in the city. The building was put up to showcase Spain's industry and technology exhibits.

    Though the entire plaza is visually stunning, you will want to look closely at the alcoves. There are 12, representing each of Spain's autonomous regions. The tilework (azulejo) here is just beautiful!

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    Plaza de España

    by Aitana Updated Dec 13, 2010

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    Plaza de España was built for the Iberoamerican Exhibition of 1929.
    The plaza is semicircular. A semicircular pond of 200 m diameter is surrounded by the Spanish pavilion, also semicircular.

    The pavilion was built by Aníbal González, the most famous architect in Seville in that period. Gothic and Renaissance styles are combined.The main elements are the bricks and the ceramic covering. There are two slender towers on the edges of the building.

    In the front of the building, all the provinces of Spain are represented in alphabetical order. Each one has a space, delimited by benches, where a panel made of tiles displays a representative landmark of the history or the folklore of the province.

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    Plaza de Espana

    by tim07 Updated Dec 26, 2009

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    This beautiful plaza is located at the edge of Parque Maria Louisa. It was designed by Seville architect Anibal Gonzalez for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. Today it's used as government offices.

    The centrepiece of the plaza is a semicircle bounded by a canal. A covered arcade embraces the plaza. This is decorated with the faces of many great Spaniards. The arcade is also covered in ceramic tiled paintings, each of these represent a historical event from all the provinces of Spain. As the fountain in plaza is illuminated, it's an enjoyable place to visit at night too.

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    Impressive!

    by unaS Written Dec 5, 2009

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    Found the Plaza Espanya quite by accident, walking back to Santa Cruz from the Park de Maria Luisa.

    A massive half-circle it is very large, very impressive.
    There is a nice use of ceramic tiling. The different provinces of Spain are each represented by a different mosaic.

    Nice place to spend a few minutes walking around.

    The building is from the Expo-America in 1929. One cannot enter the building today, it is used for government offices.

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    20th Century 'Moorish Revival' architecture

    by NedHopkins Written Nov 25, 2009

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    Erected in the decade before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the Plaza de España was designed for the 1929 Spanish-American Exhibition. Its main building and towers are likely the most beautiful examples of the Moorish Revival style that began in the late 19th century.

    In alcoves running around the base of the building are tiled representations of the nation's regions and what they're particularly noted for.

    Today the main building houses various government offices.

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    Plaza de España

    by eternel2002 Written Feb 23, 2009

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    The Plaza de España is one of Seville's most beautiful buildings. It's huge half-circle with buildings and numerous beautiful bridges. In the centre there is a large fountain. On the wall there are many tiled alcoves that represent all spain provinces.

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    Plaza de España

    by Redang Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    Plaza de España (España square) is another icon in Seville. It was built because of the Ibero-american Exhibition of 1.929, held in Seville. Its creator was Aníbal González. He mixed a style inspired by the Renaissance with typical elements from the city: exposed brick, ceramics and iron.

    Not to miss the painted ceramic benches representing all the provinces in Spain around the square.

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    Plaza de España

    by MM212 Updated Dec 5, 2008

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    The monumental semi-circular edifice, Plaza de España, was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition. This grand expression of barroco sevillano architecture, designed by one of Seville's most celebrated architects, Anibal González, was the focal point of the Exposition. The magnificent Plaza de España is located in Parque de María Luisa, a park that was created and landscaped specifically for Exposition. While many of the structures in the park were later rehabilitated into museums and other functions, the Plaza de España seemed to remain vacant for use only in special events. It has, however, been featured in numerous films, among them Star Wars Episode II and Lawrence of Arabia. For more photos of this masterpiece, take a look at the Travelogue: "Plaza de España".

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