I’ve been to Seville a few times over the years, it’s a city that never disappoints, although Spain isn’t a country on my favourites list, Seville is certainly one of my favourite cities. This post was the last time I visited the city when I discovered the Plaza de Espana.
Seville, Spain 18 July 2017
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.