I’d seen photos of the Plaza de España in Seville online, but I as turned the corner and caught sight of the magnificent plaza in real life, I admit it nearly took my breath away. I took photo after photo with the hopes of capturing even just a sliver of its of the beauty and charm. Scroll down for some of my favourite shots, and let me know how you think I did in the comments.
This gorgeous plaza is one of the most iconic sights in Seville, a traditional city in southern Spain. Originally built in 1929, the Plaza de España was created to showcase the talent and creativity of Spaniards during the Ibero-American Exposition.
The backdrop of this plaza is a large semi-circle building, designed in an eclectic mix of Renaissance Revival, Art Deco and Neo-Mudéjar styles. As you make your way through the the area, you’ll notice painted ceramics (known as azulejos) throughout. Everything from the banisters of fences, to many of the lamp posts, have been carefully painted and decorated.
And what would a Spanish square be without a fountain? In the middle of the plaza is a large fountain spouting streams of water in all directions.
But that’s not the only aquatic attraction in the plaza, there is also an artificial D-shaped river! If you want to try something a little different, small rowboats are available for hire.
And as if that wasn’t enough, running along the front of the building are 48 alcoves representing Spain’s provinces.These little spots make for great photo ops, and you’ll often see visitors searching for their province’s alcove to take a picture. When the plaza is filled, it’s not uncommon to see a small line forming in front of the more popular provinces such as Barcelona.
I was a total tourist and posed in front of my Spanish ‘hometown’ Madrid.
So in case it wasn’t clear enough, I highly recommend a visit to the Plaza de España in Seville if you’re ever in southern Spain.
Is there a Spanish province you’d really like to visit? Is there a plaza as pretty as this one in your home country?
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