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Plaza de España
Av de Isabel la Católica, Seville, Spain
NileGuide Expert tip:
Plaza de España is most beautiful to see as the sun is setting or illuminated at night. At these times, you'll avoid groups of tourists that arrive in the late morning and afternoon, which will also make for much better photos.
Designed for the 1929 Ibero-american Exhibition by Aníbal González, Plaza de España is a memorable site that is worth the twenty-minute walk from the Cathedral. While influenced by Renaissance and Gothic designs, it is exemplary of Moorish Revival architecture and is also considered regional architecture, as it features a number of elements specific to Sevilla, most notably the colorful, glazed ceramic tile, or azulejo, seen throughout the city. Tiled alcoves featuring the provinces of Spain decorate the walls, and four bridges cross a canal that runs along its interior perimeter. This semicircular monument, 200m in diameter, symbolizes the ties between Spain and its colonies and opens facing the Guadalquivir River, indicating the journey toward America. As you admire the beauty of the exposed brick, think back to 1929 when up to 1,000 workmen were finishing the final touches of the large, central fountain. The refreshing mist provides a great spot to cool off for those visiting during the summer.