Seville’s Plaza de España, A Real Sight for Sore Eyes

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It’s very common to stumble upon a “Plaza de España” during one’s travels. Madrid has it’s own Plaza as well as Barcelona. Actually, many cities in Spain boast of their famed “plazas.” However, Seville’s Plaza de España is something completely out of the ordinary.

Upon entering the Plaza de España in Seville, I felt its majestic grandiosity. It was like something I’ve never experienced before. The Plaza de España is an enormous, semi-circular structure complete with a huge fountain in the center and a small river running through the plaza. It’s location within the Maria Luisa Park encircles it within  the park’s luscious gardens.

I visited the plaza with a couple of classmates and a friend we made that day in Seville. Her name is Amanda and she was born and raised in Seville. Amanda explained to us that the Plaza de España is shaped in a semi-circular fashion to symbolize a hug. It’s a symbolic depiction of Spain welcoming other nations, she said.

Amanda also explained that this Plaza de España was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair of 1929, so it’s an important part of Spanish history. Currently, the building is used for governmental matters. In fact, the town hall of Seville is located inside one of the buildings of the plaza.

Among pop culture, Seville’s Plaza de España has been indeed very popular. The plaza has been used to film movies like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesLawrence of Arabia and, most recently, The Dictator.

Along the inside of the plaza, there are different sections for each province of Spain. It’s sort of a alcove for each province of the country. I visited the Barcelona alcove and saw an elaborately decorated mosaic representing the region. There was also a map on the bottom, also made in the style of a mosaic, of Barcelona. This was the same for all the regions of Spain and these were all aligned along the inner part of the semi-circle, giving visitors a chance to experience a little piece of Spain with each alcove.

There were various bridges along the inside of the plaza that guided visitors from the fountain side of the plaza to the mosaic nooks part of the plaza. These bridges were adorned in bright yellows and blue ceramic and tiles that brought about a pop of Mediterranean color.

I went up through the “Puente de Castilla” and had a small photo shoot of the plaza from this angle. The sun was shining perfectly on the red bricks of the buildings. Through the reflection of the sun, a rainbow formed in the fountain. It was a gorgeous afternoon in a spectacular place.

Through the bridges ran a small river where visitors could row through with a small rental boat. It was relatively inexpensive, only €5 for a row boat and €11 for a motor boat. Many couples and families strolled through the river on this lazy summer afternoon, admiring the plaza for all its grandeur.

I was truly blown away by the pristine beauty that the Plaza de España boasted. The breeze flowing through the trees and the warm sunshine on my skin made this ordinary afternoon into a picture-perfect outing, like a destination straight out of a postcard.

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