Seville explored – Plaza de España is a post about this stunning architectural masterpiece located in the heart of Seville, Spain. Built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition, the square is a mix of Spanish and Moorish Renaissance architectural styles, designed by architect Aníbal González. More than a thousand workers worked on its construction at the same time. Construction began in 1924 and was completed by architect Vicente Traver in 1928, after Aníbal González resigned as chief architect of the Exhibition. To incorporate more color and monochrome photos, architectural and street shots continue after the jump…
Plaza de España features a semi-circular layout, with a large nave flanked by two towers, and a moat surrounding the entire structure. The central building, which serves as the main attraction of the square, is decorated with beautiful tile work, featuring intricate designs and vibrant colors. The area of the square is 50,000 m². One of its main features is the 515 meter long canal. Four bridges cross the water, which are supposed to represent the four old kingdoms of Spain (Castile, León, Aragon and Navarre). Visitors can rent a rowboat and explore the square from the water, or simply enjoy the stunning views and photo opportunities.
Plaza de España is also an awesome place for street photography.
The semi-circular building is 200 meters in diameter and was meant to symbolize Spain’s embrace of the South American colonies.
One of the most prominent features of the Plaza de España is the series of alcoves that line the building, each representing a different province of Spain. The alcoves feature beautiful ceramic tiles depicting sights from each province, as well as maps and historical information.
I hope you enjoy this stroll through the grandeur of Plaza de Espana in Seville. The photos are a mix of images taken with a Leica SL2-S (with Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH) and an iPhone 14. Post-processed in Lightroom CC.
Stay tuned for more posts about the beautiful Seville.
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