I know November is rather late to post about a trip I did in July, The Plaza De Espana is so beautiful I wanted to share it with you. Apologies to regular readers of this, I have been busy planning my next trip, which I am now on, and once I get out of the habit of writing and posting it takes a good push to get me started again. Plus I have upgraded my photo taking device, so I take far too many photos now, which means it takes me ages to edit them into what I think are the best ones to share with you.
I’m already on my third country on this (2 month), trip and now I have caught up a bit, I plan to post at least once a week, I might post more but this is the minimum, if you follow my Instagram you will know where I am now, however for those that don’t, you will have to wait for these updates to see where I am. I am posting this and the next page at the same time to make up for posting nothing for ages.
The Plaza de Espana was originally designed and built as a project of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair. The initial idea of holding a World Fair in Seville was promoted in 1909 and it was expected to open on April 1st, 1911, this was delayed to 1914, the First World War delayed it again and the Exposition was eventually held from May 9th, 1929 to June 21st, 1930.
Created by the Sevillian architect Aníbal González, who resigned in 1926, the project was finished in 1928 by Vicente Taverner, who added the central fountain.
A 515 metre long canal surrounds the square and this is crossed by four bridges, each one representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain, Castile, Navarra, León and Aragón. The Plaza has a central building with long structures ending in two towers, imaginatively called the South Tower and North Tower.
Coloured ceramics are a significant feature of the Plaza, they are used in alcoves, on walls, bridges and balustrades, all are covered in azulejos.
There are 48 alcoves with benches, one for each province of Spain, with a tableau and map, all designed with colourful azulejos.