The Renovation of Square of Spain (Plaza de Espana)

By Seville Expert: Marta, Spain, May 2013

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This impressive square, that was the pavilion of Spain for the American exhibition held in 1929, is a symbol of Seville.

After 9 years of work, partial closures and restorations, can now be seen at its best. The original iron street lamps of the 20's have been recovered, the bridges decorated with beautiful tiles represent the four traditional kingdoms of Spain and the artificial river for boating is operating again. There, you have a spectacular view from the red and green picturesque rowboats, the typical colours of the two football teams in the city.

Do not miss ceramic benches representing the Spanish provinces. Everyone is different. In alphabetical order the 52 provinces allow you to take a trip around Spain. Each one represents a historic scene linked to the province and a location map .. Thus, we find in Barcelona the arrival of Columbus after his first trip to America and its presentation to Isabella and Ferdinand, the “Catholic Kings”, in Madrid the popular struggle against the French army in the times of
Napoleon, in Ciudad Real (La Mancha) the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho ... The best way to learn geography and history of Spain! Some interesting facts about Square of Spain.

This square has served as the backdrop for several films.
David Lean filmed some scenes from Lawrence of Arabia in the 60's. The square was chosen for its Arabic design and oriental atmosphere. Peter O'Toole and Omar Shariff strolled through the galleries and the monumental stairs of the square, supposedly a Cairo hotel in the film.  More recently, George Lucas chose it for a couple of scenes from Star Wars, Episode 2: the Clone Wars. In this case he was looking for an exotic location for the palace of Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the distant planet Naboo.

The square is easily recognizable, but the two towers that surround it, were removed digitally. Essential place for all who visit Seville, the recently restored Plaza of Spain is the trace of an American exhibition that left us in 1929 a unique architecture and a distinctive stamp.

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