The Spain Square in Seville is one of the most visited places in all Andalusia. It was even used as a setting for the 2nd episode of the renowned movie Star Wars.

I do love the city of Seville and every time I go there I end up walking around this square. So let’s know it a bit better.

Maria Luísa Park

The Spain Square is part of the Maria Luísa Park. This is the lung of the city of Seville, with its 40-hectare area. It was donated to the city in 1893 by Infanta Maria Luísa Fernanda de Borbón, Duchess of Montpellier.

Maria Luísa Park is indeed an outdoor museum, with imposing buildings, fountains and statues. This is where the city’s inhabitants can find some shelter to cope with the extreme summer temperatures of southern Spain.

The Ibero-American Exposition

The idea to hold an exhibition in Seville started to emerge in 1909, in order to promote the city’s tourism. This idea prompted the inauguration, in 1929, of the Ibero-American Exposition of Seville. Stunning buildings were built for each of the participant Ibero-American countries, as well as for the array of Spanish regions. These buildings hosted exhibitions associated with each country.

Peru’s building was the biggest to be built. As we speak, and like it happens with many others that were erected for the exposition, it can be as seen during a visit to the city.

Even though these buildings I have mentioned are deeply interesting to visit in person, the Spain Square was without a doubt the most impressive place built for the exposition of all.

The Square

The Spain Square is an immense building that displays its bricks, marble, ceramics and wrought iron, having a semicircular shape. It was built this way by the architect Aníbal González, depicting what would be an embrace to the former Spanish colonies. It has a diameter of 200 meters and occupies a surface of 50.000m2. This is the equivalent of 5 soccer fields! It’s monumental. It took 14 years to be built.

Several arcades are found throughout the whole building and it’s great to have the chance to check them with some proper time, looking at all their details spread along the structure and in the square as well. At both ends of the building there are 2 towers, each with a height of 80 meters. The main building is found at the centre, with a stunning balcony.

There is a 550-meter canal, crossed by 4 bridges, symbolising the number of kingdoms that came together to constitute the country. Castile, Aragon, Navarre and Leon. When there’s water in this canal we can rent a tiny boat and cruise through it.

Throughout the whole square, the building shows 48 benches, corresponding to the 48 Spanish provinces. In each bench there is a tile panel depicting historical events of each province, as well as the coat of arms of their capitals. Placed a bit above these panels, we see statues of 48 renowned Spanish citizens.

Currently, at Spain Square, we found several governmental buildings.

One of the 4 bridges
Barcelona Tile Panel
Edifício principal da praça
Channel detail

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