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Plaza de Espana Seville is Amazing

On another scorcher of a 35 degree day I headed out to see the number one attraction in Seville, which is what Tripadvisor calls the Plaza de Espana ( sounds better than Spain Square in English). In my humble opinion, it is a cracker of a place and well worth the effort to find it, ( of course I got off at the wrong bus stop and had to ask an Aussie, who had just visited it, how to find it). "Just follow your nose mate, it's just around the corner", he said, and blow me down, it was. It was built in 1928 for a World Fair, and is a beautiful piece of what you might call " Spanish ArtDeco". The buildings behind the facade are now used for Government Offices, and also used as the headquarters of the Spanish army. The have a really good free museum to explore in part of the building. It was interesting to find out that groups of people come from all over Spain to have their photos taken in front of the alcove which represents the province they come from, (a little pilgrimage). It is the thoughts behind and the amount of detailed tiling that goes into each individual alcove that for me turns the Plaza from a impersonal architectural statement to a place where individual Spaniards can feel holds a piece of their home at its heart. I found it too hot to explore the park areas surrounding the Plaza, which are supposed to be worth seeing. Maybe if I return another time when the temperatures are at least 10 degrees cooler than they are at the moment. Very few places in the world have that absolute WOW factor, and this is one of them..

Near entrance to park and Plaza

Near entrance to park and Plaza


El Cid near Plaza

El Cid near Plaza


bloody van driver...nice building though

bloody van driver...nice building though


My first sight of plaza...wow

My first sight of plaza...wow


double wow

double wow


triple wow

triple wow


south tower and river/moat

south tower and river/moat


view to south tower across Plaza

view to south tower across Plaza


central building of semicircular complex

central building of semicircular complex


central building with bridges across moat

central building with bridges across moat


Even the pebbles are pretty

Even the pebbles are pretty


North tower of complex

North tower of complex


58  alcoves, showcasing each province of Spain

58 alcoves, showcasing each province of Spain


one alcove showcasing Salamanca

one alcove showcasing Salamanca


shaded colonnaded gallery

shaded colonnaded gallery


Star wars scenes shot here

Star wars scenes shot here


half a mile of tiling just on gallery ceiling...

half a mile of tiling just on gallery ceiling...


battalion flags from all over Spain

battalion flags from all over Spain


displayed in an inner courtyard

displayed in an inner courtyard


courtyard

courtyard


courtyard ceiling

courtyard ceiling


a two level military museum

a two level military museum


toy soldiers

toy soldiers


military hats

military hats


The artillery

The artillery


a military uniform/ the birth of the hoodie

a military uniform/ the birth of the hoodie


generals little uniforms for little men.

generals little uniforms for little men.


Whereas common soldiers wear normal size uniforms

Whereas common soldiers wear normal size uniforms

Posted by astrix7 17:00 Archived in Spain

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