Plaza De Espana, Seville - 13
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Plaza de Espana, Seville - 13 by Andrea Mazzocchetti
The Plaza de España in Seville is one of the most spectacular architectural spaces in the city and Neo-Moorish architecture.
The square is located inside the María Luisa Park, its entrance is very close to the roundabout of the Cid Campeador, exactly in front of the ancient Royal Tobacco Factory. The entrance to the square is free, but to avoid acts of vandalism is closed at 22 (in the summer it closes at 24).
The design of the square was entrusted to the architect Annibale González, who was also director of the Ibero-American Exposition of Seville in 1929. During its construction more than a thousand workers arrived at the same time. The total area of the square is 50,000 square meters, 19,000 of which are built and the remaining 31,000 are free area. The canal occupies 515 meters of longitude. The construction of the work began in 1914, and was completed in 1928 under the direction of architect Vicente Traver who took over from Annibale Gonzalez in 1926 after his resignation.
The square is semicircular in shape, (170 meters in diameter), and represents the embrace of Spain and its ancient colonies; looks towards the Guadalquivir river and symbolizes the road to follow to America. The square is decorated in exposed brick, marble and ceramic, giving a Renaissance and Baroque touch to its towers. It was the most expensive work of the exhibition and the only foreign element to the original project is the central fountain, (always the work of Vicente Traver), immediately criticized because many of them broke the feeling of emptiness in the square.
The canal that crosses the square is crossed by four bridges that represent the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. Leaning against the walls is a series of benches and ceramic ornaments that form spaces that allude to the forty-eight Spanish provinces (they are placed in alphabetical order); on them are represented maps, mosaics depicting historical events and the coats of arms of 48 provincial capitals (except Seville, the African cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and the Canary provinces here considered as the whole archipelago).
August 31st, 2018
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