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Slideshow: Seville’s Spectacular Plaza de Espana

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Plaza de Espana (pictured above, and in the slideshow) turned out to be my favorite sight in Seville. It was the Alcazar that earned Seville the second spot on my Lisbon-Seville-Sintra itinerary (sorry Porto — next time). I had always heard about how amazing the Alcazar was, and don’t worry, it didn’t disappoint. But I was totally ignorant about the exceptionally colorful Plaza de Espana, until I saw a full-page photo of it in my guidebook, Frommer’s Seville Day By Day. And then, I thought: I must go there.

Set in the Parque de María Luisa, Plaza de Espana is like Venice meets a ceramics shop on steroids. You can even rent boats and row through the canal, but I would rather spend my time looking at all of the beautiful tiles. It was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair, to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. Today, the buildings are used for government offices — nice place to work!

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2 Responses to Slideshow: Seville’s Spectacular Plaza de Espana

  1. Danee Gilmartin
    Twitter: museumchick
    December 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Ive been to Spain a few times and unfortunately kept missing Seville. It looks like such a beautiful and colorful city1
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  2. Jeff Dobbbins March 6, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I absolutely love the Plaza de Espana. I inspected the incredible tilework for every region in Spain. When I was there, the canal was drained for repairs, so have to return to see it again. Thanks for taking me back, vicariously.
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