Plaza de España
I often feel like architecture has a way of being its own secret language, and sometimes difficult to understand for mortals such as myself. It is a language all its own, and as a lover of languages, I want to learn how it speaks.
Plaza de España became for me, a template of this language. It is gorgeous, indeed, but under the layers, one finds a classic example of Spanish architecture. It seduces so many visitors to Seville and is considered a “must” when visiting the city. So naturally, when I went myself, I was eager to see it, to feel its bright colors on my skin, and take in the atmosphere.
Pretty amazing, huh? (Even for a cloudy day). My favorite part about Plaza de España is that it was built specifically for the 1929 World Expo. It was built as a showcase of the best of Spanish architecture, encompassing traditional Spanish elements in every detail, even down to the tiniest of tiles.
It is a place where everyone can feel the wonder of architecture. It’s where architecture can become accessible for everyone.
The plaza had many more tourists than I had actually imagined, for some reason. It was not a place locals went to at all, but when you consider that it really is just for the show of the area, it makes a lot more sense, as there are now local hangouts to draw in locals. That being said, despite the lack of everyday appeal, it was certainly worth the time, and added a little extra pizzaz and inspiration to my day.
Exploring the colors and inspiration of Plaza de España is worth any Seville itinerary.