Spanish Plaza, New Orleans
It is common in Spain for there to be an area in the center of the city called the Plaza de Espana. There is one in Madrid and one in Seville.
In New Orleans, the Plaza de Espana was a comfortable place to sit in the sun and watch the fountains. I ate my sandwich here before boarding the paddlewheel boat to Chalmette while sitting on one of the benches with the coats of arms of all Spanish provinces in azulejo-tiles.
There is a plaque here which says:
PLAZA DE ESPANA
The citizens of New Orleans gratefully acknowledge the gift of this beautiful plaza from the government of Spain. It was designed and fabricated in Spain and constructed in the City of New Orleans with financial assistance of the United States government through a "Legacy of Parks' grant. The stones and fountain were shipped from Spain to this city by Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, Inc. as a contribution to the City of New Orleans.
Under that was
and then it lists the City Council members, the Adminstrative Officers and the Project Directors
It ends with the note:
This Project was proposed in 1963 by the Honorable Jose Luis Aparicio y Aparicio, Consul General of Spain, in cooperation with the Administrator of Mayor Victor H. Schiro and the International Trade Mart, Lloyd J. Cobb, President. This Administration would like to specially acknowledge the cooperation received from the Honorable Juan Cabrero y Torres Quevedo, Consul General of Spain, 1971-1975.
There is an additional plaque which says
Spain dedicated this plaza to the City of New Orleans in
remembrance of their common historical past
and as a pledge of fraternity in the future
of the United States
Renovated and Rededicated in the Year 2001 AD
Thanks to the generosity of the Province of Castellón, Spain
The rededication was because the tiles with the crests had deteriorated with time and weather.
The Spanish Plaza can be found on the River Front, close to the River Walk and Harrah's Casino. This was a gift to New Orleans by Spain. The large central fountain is composed of Spanish tile. This is a popular venue for weddings.
The Spanish Fountain was given to New Orleans by Spain during the bicentennial in 1976. It is dedicated the memorial of Spain and New Orleans historical past. It was renovated in 2001. It is a very beautiful fountain and sits in the Riverwalk area. Its a great place to rest or take photo's.