Plaza de España is an impressive masterpiece that took 15 years to build, with some 1,000 workers each day.
Simple, common elements and building materials were used to build the square, including marble, carved bricks, ironwork and tiles created by craftsmen in Triana.
Years after the exhibition, the square was forgotten about and was abandoned for several years, leading it to seriously deteriorate. Luckily it has been restored and returned to its original greatness and splendour.
A Walk Through Plaza de España
Located at one end of the María Luisa park, in the shape of an ellipse, the incredible square is headed by a large central building, framed by two Baroque-style towers some 229 feet (70 metres) high. Running along the walls of the building are 48 tiled alcoves and benches representing the 48 provinces that Spain had at the time. These benches have become a real tourist attraction, with Spaniards often taking photos at the bench representing their province of origin.
Another one of the square's main attractions is the 1640 feet (500-metre) long canal that runs through. Not only is this beautiful, but you can also rent boats there and fully take in the splendour of the surroundings.
One of the City's Top Attractions
Plaza de España is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Seville. Although many people will have seen photos before they visit, they are always amazed by its size, beauty and complexity of its architecture in real life. No trip to Seville is complete without seeing the Plaza de España, it is easy to visit at your own leisure, or you could also take a segway tour for a fun way of exploring the plaza.
Interestingly, the square has been used as a backdrop in several Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Dictator and even Star Wars.