Seville explored – Plaza de España is a post about a stunning architectural masterpiece located in the heart of Seville, Spain. Built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, the plaza is a fusion of Spanish Renaissance and Moorish architectural styles, designed by the architect Aníbal González. More than a thousand workers worked on its construction at the same time. Constructions began as early as 1924 and were completed by architect Vicente Traver in 1928, after Aníbal González resigned as the Exposition’s chief architect. For a mix of more color and monochrome photos, architectural and street shots continue after the jump…
The Plaza de España features a half-circle layout, with a large central building flanked by two towers, and a moat that surrounds the entire structure. The central building, which serves as the main attraction of the plaza, is adorned with beautiful tile work, showcasing intricate designs and vibrant colors. The surface of the square is 50,000 m². One of the main features is a canal of 515 meters length. 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 the plaza from the water, or simply enjoy the stunning views and photo opportunities.
The Plaza de España is also an awesome place for street photography.
The semicircle the building has a diameter of 200 meters and is intended to symbolize an embrace of the South American colonies by Spain.
One of the most notable 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 scenes from each province, as well as maps and historical information.
I hope you enjoyed this little stroll through the splendors of Seville’s Plaza de Espana. The photographs are a mix of images taken with the Leica SL2-S (with the Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH) and the iPhone 14. Post-processing in Lightroom CC.
Stay tuned for more posts of beautiful Seville.
Have a great Saturday