Plaza de Espana, probably is listed among the TOP 10 tourism objects to visit in Seville, Spain.
The fun fact is following - I learnt the name of this place just after finished photography here and actually just by a chance asking to a passer by - what is the name of this fabulous place - the guy started laughing - I asked, you don't know neither? No, I know - I'm a guide at this place. The place is called Plaze de Esapana... and a short 5 minute conversation started between us.
Yup, that's a true travel spirit - who needs do a research before. OK, OK just kidding, but yes, this happens to me time after time (especially if there a re a lot of tourism objects in the route). This was already our 4th day in Spain, and we had visited already some 30 cool tourism objects in region of Andalusia - it's just damned hard to keep the record all the time.
I installed my dear travel buddy - a tripod and as the complex is really large (doesn't fits in one single frame) - decided to go with a panoramic photography. There were already dozen of tourists popping in the frame, it seemed hard to get a decent panoramic picture, so I made a few, and after all here is the one that somehow looks good enough to share with you:
Plaza de Espana in Seville
The Plaza de España ("Spain Square", in English) is a plaza in the Parque de María Luis, in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture.
Plaza de Espana definitely is an architecture's photographer dream object - so many interesting elements to photograph.
Curves and lines
In photography it' s all about curves and lines.
The Plaza de España, designed by Aníbal González, was a principal building built on the Maria Luisa Park's edge to showcase Spain's industry and technology exhibits. González combined a mix of 1920s Art Deco and "mock Mudejar", and Neo-Mudéjar styles. The Plaza de España complex is a huge half-circle with buildings continually running around the edge accessible over the moat by numerous bridges representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. In the centre is the Vicente Traver fountain. By the walls of the Plaza are many tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain.
Central building at the Plaza
Today the Plaza de España mainly consists of Government buildings. The central government departments, with sensitive adaptive redesign, are located within it. The Plaza's tiled Alcoves of the Provinces are backdrops for visitors portrait photographs, taken in their own home province's alcove. Towards the end of the park, the grandest mansions from the fair have been adapted as museums. The farthest contains the city's archaeology collections. The main exhibits are Roman mosaics and artefacts from nearby Italica.
The Plaza de España has been used as a filming location, including scenes for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. The building was used as a location in the Star Wars movie series Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) — in which it featured in exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo. It also featured in the 2012 film The Dictator.
The plaza was used as a set for the video of Simply Red's song Something Got Me Started.