Plaza de España in Sevilla
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Plaza de España was created for the Ibero-American Expo of 1929. This famous sight in Sevilla is beautiful, fascinating and best of all free to visit! Let’s learn more about this interesting place and what you should not miss when you go.
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Built in 1928 and designed by architect Aníbal González Álvarez-Ossorio, the structure mixes many architectural styles including Renaissance Revival and Neo-Mudejar. You see this in the hand painted tiles, fancy details and many arches.
Part of Parque Maria Luisa, the buildings now house government offices, but tourists have free access to the outdoor spaces to wander and take photos.
There is a large moat in front of the building with four arched bridges representing the four historic kingdoms of Spain: Castile, León, Navarre and Aragón. These are the perfect spot to pose for a photo. In the middle of the moat stands a fabulous fountain designed by Vicente Traver.
Probably the most photographed parts of the structure are the tiles alcoves representing the 48 provinces of Spain. Yes, there are now 50 provinces, do you know which ones are missing? Check out the hand painted tiles in each area and pose for photos sitting on the bench at your favorite. Visitors come from all over Spain to take portraits at the alcove of their home province. See if you can spot the one that is out of alphabetical order? It was replaced because the scene on the tiles was deemed too violent.
Did you know that several films have been shot at Plaza de España? It was used as a backdrop for Lawrence of Arabia and The Dictator. It stood in for Naboo, the home planet of Princess Amidala in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones as well.