It could be said that it is one of the most beautiful squares in our country, especially after the remodeling works it has undergone in recent years.
The Plaza de España in Seville was also one of the locations chosen by George Lucas for his most famous saga, Starwars, and we can see it in Attack of the Clones.
Previously it was also the setting in another historical film, Lawrence of Arabia.
History of the Plaza de España in Seville
It is a square with a brief history as it was built between 1914 and 1928.
It was built for the Ibero -American Exposition that took place in Seville a year later. Aníbal González was the one who designed it and it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1928.
Initially, the Plaza de España was not well received by the Sevillians of the time, as they did not want its beauty and the height of its towers to rival the beautiful Giralda, a symbol of the city.
However, little by little it was being accepted and today it is one of the most visited places in Seville. Years later it was restored and in 2010 it was reopened.
What to see in the Plaza de España in Seville
The spectacular Plaza de España has a semi-elliptical shape with no less than 200 meters in diameter.
It is made up of several buildings that are located at the north end, leaving most of its surface free and where the 515-meter-long estuary is found with four bridges that cross from one side to the other.
In the center of the square we can see a large fountain and on the walls of the buildings there are 48 benches.
Brick, ceramics, wrought iron and marble are the predominant elements of the Plaza de España, a square dominated by two large towers.
The symbolism of the square revolves around Spain.
It is said that its shape represents the embrace that our country has with its former colonies and the layout facing the Guadalquivir River is not accidental either but represents the exit to the sea towards America.
In addition, all the Spanish provinces except Seville are represented in the banks.
And a detail that few people know: The four bridges symbolize the four kingdoms of Spain.
In the Plaza de España in Seville you can also visit the city’s Military Museum. It is also the seat of the Government Subdelegation and within its walls there is a theater, something that very few Sevillians know about.
And very close is the Palace of San Telmo. It is a baroque-style building built at the end of the 17th century to be one of the headquarters of the Mercaderes University.
During its history it has had different uses and today it is the seat of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía. Not to be missed is the spectacular main façade of the Palacio de San Telmo.