Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Seville: Plaza de España

On a day out from Carmona, we went to beautiful Seville. First stop was Plaza de España, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, a sort of world's fair of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries with which Spain was trying to bolster relationships. The U.S. was included in the exposition and constructed three buildings for it, one of which became the American consulate. Many buildings from the exposition remain in use in Seville in a variety of fanciful styles of architecture. The Plaza itself is a gorgeous place in the Renaissance Revival style, with bits of Mudejar and Art Deco thrown in for good measure.

There's a watercourse spanned by fanciful bridges, covered in ceramic tile:

Plenty of beautiful tile elsewhere, too

Lots of other gorgeous detail

Local transport

Some of the buildings constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition that are still in use today

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