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Ibero-American Exposition of Seville Guided Tour and River Cruise
"During your guided walking tour scour the surroundings of the Maria Luisa Park public garden and the most famous park in the city of Seville. In this park the Spain Square and the America Square were built on the occasion of the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville in 1929. These squares are famous for their spectacular Seville regional architecture and for being one of the main attractions of the city.Spa take a beautiful panoramic cruise on the Guadalquivir river (approx. 1 hour) visiting classical and modern Sevilla. From the deck you can see the Bullring the old bridges
From EUR35.00
 
Seville City Bike Tour
"Book this 3-hour cycling tour and discover the incredible city of Seville. Your guides speak different languages and will help you to get an orientation of the city as you make your way through Seville’s landmarks. Start from the historic Santa Cruz where the centerpieces of the 1929 Iberian-American Exposition where held. From there head down to the river and check out a part of Triana neighbourhood and the Torre del Oro. Next head north to the Cartuja site of the 1992 Exposition where you'll see its monastery before heading back to the city centre and the Alameda area.Once there you will explore the hotspot and wind your way through the streets and alleys stopping at the legendary Campana Café to have a taste of their famous mushrooms. Your tour will end with a quick pedal around Santa Cruz
From EUR25.00
 
Panoramic Seville Guided Tour
"Visit the city of Seville on this guided tour of the most essential and interesting to Seville where you will visit all the historical cultural and artistic periods from Roman times to the present knowing legends anecdotes and stories of ancient civilizations such as the Roman and Islamic civilizations and periods as the reconquest in the Middle Ages or contemporary.You will walk around the Maria Luisa Park and the most famous squares in Seville: the Spai built on the occasion of the Iberia-American Exposition in Seville in 1929. You will continue visiting the former Tobacco Factory Alfonso XIII Hotel Gold Tower surroundings of the Alcazar and Cathedral and you'll get lost among mysterious streets and beautiful courtyards and squares of Santa Cruz Quarter
From EUR30.00

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Parque Maria Luisa

This is a huge park close to the Plaza de Espana, and filled with trees, hills, fountains, statues, gazebos, etc. There is also a duck pond with all sorts of water birds there (my favourites were the swans). It's a great place to chill out and relax. Also, sometimes there are markets and events going on there - I went to a Medieval-themed market in the park once in 2007.

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Jun 07, 2014

Peaceful Park

If there's one thing the Spanish know how to create it is beautiful parks, and the María Luisa park is no exception to this.
Even though it is located next to a busy street, as soon as you enter it you feel completely at peace. It has several beautiful buildings as well as a small island of birds where you can see a few birds, including peacocks. They even sit in the trees.

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Maymuna
Apr 06, 2013

Maria Luisa Park

This park is huge and one of the most beautiful in Europe. We spent quite a few pleasant hours here exploring the buildings and gardens.

Originally it belonged to the Palace of San Telmo and was donated to the city by the Duchess of Montpensier, the Princess Maria Luisa Fernanda de Orleans in 1893. The park wasn't really incorporated to the city until Seville took the management of the Iberoamerican Exhibition of 1929.

The Plaza de España is one of the park’s most popular attractions and was the centerpiece of the expo. There is a moat that has four bridges across it. The palace has two large towers and there are sections with benches with beautiful tile work (azulejos) that represent each of the provinces of Spain. In the center of the plaza is a very large and beautiful fountain. The Spanish like to be photographed at the benches of their provinces.

At another end of the park is the Plaza de America, which is also called the Plaza de las Palomas (Plaza of the Doves) because of the many doves that live there. It has many fountains, ponds, and gardens. There is a beautiful Mudejar building called the Pabellon Mudejar, which contains the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs. Across from it is a neo-Renaissance building, which now contains the Archaeological Museum, famous for its Roman statues and remains from Italica, the museum being one of the best in the country. The museum also has the Phoenician statue of Astarte-Tanit, the virgin goddess.

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May 05, 2012

Plaza de América

Plaza de América, located in Parque de María Luisa, was also site of the Iberoamerican Exhibition of 1929.
Some pavilions were built in the park by Aníbal González:
Pabellón Real (Royal Pavilion), inspired in the Gothic style (pic 1).
Pabellón de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Pavilion). Today it houses the Provincial Archaeological Museum (pics 2 & 3).
Pabellón Mudéjar, which houses now the Museum of Arts and Traditions (Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares) (pic 4).
There are also other pavilions along the Paseo de las Delicias.

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Aitana
Dec 11, 2010
 
 
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Parque de María Luisa

This park was donated to the city by Infanta María Luisa* in 1893. The terrain was part of the private garden of Palacio de San Telmo.
The park has an extension of 400,000 m2. Luxuriant vegetation and intimate arbors make a very pleasant place to walk.
The park was site of the Iberoamerican Exhibition of 1929. Plaza de España and Plaza de América are part of the park and were also sites of the Exhibition.

*Infanta Maria Luisa Fernanda de Orleans, Duchess of Montpensier, was the youngest daughter of Fernando VII and Maria Cristina de Borbón-Dos Sicilias. Her sister was Queen Isabel II. María Luisa married Antonio de Orleans, duke of Montpensier and son of King Louis Philippe of France. Antonio was elevated to the rank of Infante de España.

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Aitana
Dec 11, 2010

A bit of greenery helps.

After some days in the city, it is nice to be surrounded by a bit of greenery - easy walking distance from Plaza de Espagna is the Parc Maria Louisa.

A large green area with lakes, trees, water fountains and birds the Parc is a very popular place filled with local families and tourists alike.

Both the Museum of Archeology and the Costume Museum are nearby on the Plaza de America. Both are worth a visit.

Good map here: http://photos-seville.com/south-east.php

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Dec 09, 2009

Parque María Luisa & The 1929 Ibero-American Expo

Donated partly by Princess María Luisa de Orleans in 1893, her namesake park was previously the gardens of her palace of San Telmo. The large green area was landscaped by Jean-Claude Forestier, director of Bois de Boulogne in Paris, for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Meanwhile, the various countries involved - Latin American and other associated nations, such as Morocco and Portugal - each built a "pavilion" for their exhibitions. Most built an edifice based on local architectural heritage, resulting in an amazing collection beautiful buildings. Seville itself built several edifices, including Plaza de España in a barroco-sevillano style, the Hotel Alfonso XIII and the Pabellón Mudéjar, both in a mudéjar revival style. The Expo of 1929 was meant to promote Seville and Andalucía and to bring them back on the global map. While the Expo was somewhat a success, it coincided with the Great Depression, which meant that its effect was mitigated in the years that followed. Still, Seville was left with an amazing collection of buildings now used either as consulates or museums. Attached is a photo of Pabellón de Portugal, built in the Macau-Portuguese style, and now used as the Portuguese consulate.

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Dec 16, 2008

Argentina Pavilion

This stunning building was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, a world fair which was held in Seville. It was built by Martin S. Noel in what is described a ‘Hispanish-American Neo-Baroque’ style. After the Expo the building was used as a high school and today is houses a dance school.

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Oct 12, 2008
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Maria Luisa Park

Parque Maria Luisia was named after Princess Maria Luisa (Duchess of Monpensier) who donated part of the grounds of her home, the Palacio de San Telmo, to the city in 1893 to be used as a park. The grounds are made up of half a mile of Art Deco buildings, ponds and lakes, leafy shade trees, pretty flower beds and statues. The magnificent Plaza de Espana is in feature of the park. The white pigeons that you see were a gift by the Philippine peple for the 1929 Iberoamerican expo held in Seville.

Souvenir Sellers can be found around the park especially at the entrance near the Plaza de Espana.

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Oct 12, 2008

Frogs' fountain - Fuente de las Ranas

We find this beautiful fountain in the centre of Maria Luisa park, by far my favourite park in Seville. It's made in ceramics, as almost everything in this historical park. It's a round fountain, with nice ceramics froggies sat down on the edge and a duck over a tortoise in the centre. This fountain comes from 1914, when the park was donated to Seville by the Montpensier family.

Encontramos esta bonita fuente en el centro del parque de María Luisa, con mucho mi preferido en Sevilla. Está hecha de cerámica, como casi todo en este histórico parque. Es una fuente redonda, con unas simpáticas ranitas de cerámica sentadas en el borde y un pato sobre una tortuga en el centro. La fuente es del año 1914, cuando el parque fue donado a Sevilla por la familia Montpensier.

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Jul 21, 2006

Islet of birds (II)- Isleta de los pájaros

You can find here a lot of different kind of ducks and another birds as shawns, peacocks and also hens. They swing and walk in freedom and they could pass next to you if you're quiet. There is a tile sign at the entrance asking you for respect to this animals. It says: "Islet of birds. Birds are a pleasure for sensitive and cultured minds. People who don't know to love them and to coexist with them deserves the most severe reproach. Birds are creatures which ask for good treat and attention. Their safekeeping must be under your responsability being their protector, denouncing any attack against them."

Puedes encontrar muchos tipos diferentes de patos y otra clase de aves, como cisnes, pavos reales e incluso gallinas. Ellos nadan y pasean en libertad y pueden pasar junto a tí si estas en silencio. Hay un cartel de azulejos a la entrada pidiendo respeto por los animales. Puedes leerlo en la fotografía.

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Jun 08, 2006

Queen's sewing room -Costurero de la Reina

It's a lovely neo-mudejar small palace built in the 19th century as a part of the gardens of Saint Thelmo Palace. It was ordered by his owner, Mr. Antonio of Orleans, Duke of Montpensier, husband of Maria Luisa Fernanda of Borbon, a sister of the Queen Elisabeth II (1833-1868). It's said that his daughter, Maria de las Mercedes of Orleans and Borbon, used to go to this building to sew and embroider. She lived a romantic story with his counsin, the next Spanish King Alphonso XII (1875-1885) and they get married in 1878. She died just one year later, in 1879. This building is currently the local tourist information office.

Este bonito palacete neo-mudejar fue construido en el siglo XIX como una parte de los jardines del Palacio de San Telmo. Fue encargado por su dueño, Don Antonio de Orleans, Duque de Montpensier, esposo de María Luisa de Borbón, una hermana de la Reina Isabel II (1833-1868). Se dice que su hija, María de las Mercedes de Orleans y Borbón, acostumbraba a ir a este edificio para coser y bordar. Esta vivió una romántica historia con su primo, el siguiente Rey español Alfonso XII (1875-1885) y se casaron en 1878. Ella murió sólo un año más tarde, 1879. El edificio es actualmente la oficina municipal de turismo.

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Things to Do Near Parque de María Luisa

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Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

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Museo de Bellas Artes

A few days ago,I had the privilege of spending a delightful day at this art museum.It loved its outstanding collection of Spanish devotional paintings including fine works by Bartolome Bermejo,El...
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Plaza del Triunfo

This plaza was undergoing much building work during our vist so the fountain with its "triumph" (triunfo) to the Imaculate Conception was barely visible and detracted from the fine buildings...
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Barrio de Santa Cruz

This is probably the most typical district in Sevilla. It was the Jewish district in the Middle Ages and taken over by the Christians who changed all the synagogues into churches. Walking through its...
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Palacio de San Telmo

This beautiful Baroque Palace was built in 1682 for use as a marine college which trained maritime officers, navigators and pilots. In 1848 the Duke of Montpensier purchased the palace and it...
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Archivo de Indias

The Archivo General de Indias, Old Market Exchange, was built in 1572. It was designed by Juan de Herrera and built by Alonso de Vandelviva and Juan de Minjares. In the seventeenth century the second...
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