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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
January 4, 2009
From journal Seville Sightseeing
March 23, 2005
From journal Sevilla, Espana!
New York, New York
July 9, 2003
It's a stunning, picturesque place which has been featured in movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The building itself is now used as a military office complex. During the day, tourism is welcomed and passage through the halls is permitted. At night, however, it is a much different story. The complex is guarded by soldiers, but the plaza grounds are kept open for buggy tours and strolling romantics.
From journal Cultural Crossroads in Spain's Andalucia
January 9, 2003
The smoothly paved Plaza de Espana utilizes water as an attribute to great effect. It contains an artificial lake with lots of ducks and swans, and a large formal fountain. A thin landscaped canal separates the plaza from the main building, and cute little pedestrian bridges, daintily painted blue and white, cross between the two areas. The plaza is showing a bit of wear, as it endures the presence of unsightly construction reinforcements. Souvenir sellers and sketch artists populate the edge of the plaza, while the occasional horse carriage takes tourists around for a romantic romp around the loop.
Anibel Gonzalez designed the plaza’s large arcaded structure in 1914, and it eventually became the main office for the fair. It is constructed in a distinctive style called Sevillan Regionalism, with burnt orange brick, tiles, and marble columns. The main building follows the outline of the large semicircular plaza, with two ornately detailed towers at the ends. The tiled surfaces of the main building were used as examples of Spanish crafts and industry during the Fair.
The Parque de Maria Luisa is the principal green space of Sevilla, and is a nice place to wander after a visit to the bolder Plaza de Espana. The park contains other surviving buildings from the former fair, including a casino and restaurants. A couple of pavilions on the Plaza de America now house the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Popular Customs. There are cool pools and walkways in the park, and many locals enjoy strolling through here.
From journal Bill in Spain - SEVILLA
LOS ANGELES, California
December 3, 2002
From journal Seville, the most Spanish of cities
August 16, 2002
Style of the building: long curving sweep in a Romanesque style. Tall columns and extensive tile work that is being carefully restored inch by inch. If you walk the entire length of this building on the plaza level, you will be able to see tile plaques that represent all the provinces of Spain.
At this time, the upper level of the building is closed to visitors. The marble stairs are badly worn, no handrails, etc. No charge to visit the building and the park. This is the location for nearly every major and minor festival. Summer afternoon temperatures are extremely high. I made my visit at 9 am. A very enjoyable place for photography, but while you are taking photos make sure a friend is guarding your wallet and your camera bag.
The Plaza de Espana is under reconstruction so there are ugly chain link fences, boarded off areas and baracades. This could go on for years; so there is no point in delaying your visit. Just do it. F8 and go!
From journal I Adore Sevilla! (Seville)
Williams Lake, British Columbia
August 26, 2000
From journal Seville and Toledo