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Plaza de España


1. It was designed by the great Sevillian local architect, Aníbal González. Its semi-elliptical form is a symbol of the embrace between the old metropolis and its colonies. In addition, the building that borders it looks towards the Guadalquivir, place from which the trip to America is undertaken.

2. There should be 50 banks instead of 48, but when the plaza was built, the Canary Islands only had one province. Until 1927 it would not be divided into Gran Canaria and Tenerife. On the other hand, Seville is not represented next to the rest of provinces, since it is represented in other four murals of the place.

3. It is a cinema scene, which has been seen in classic films like Lawrence of Arabia and The Wind and the Lion, or in more modern ones like Star Wars: the attack of the clones or The dictator. But we have not only seen it on the big screen, since it has also appeared in series like Down Below.

4. When the Plaza de España was built, it was planned that after the Ibero-American Exhibition, the building houses the Labor University of Seville. However, in the end it was distributed among various official bodies such as the Delegation of Government in Andalusia and the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation.

5. The alphabetical distribution of the cities is not respected in the province of Navarre for one reason: when the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 ended, the tile La muerte de García IV de Navarra was removed because it was too violent. The potters supplanted it by creating Reparto of the kingdom of Navarre, in which the king is seen surrounded with his children. This work changed the heading of Navarre by the one of Pamplona, ​​ruining thus the alphabetical order.

6. On the 48 banks of the Plaza de España there are 48 busts representing illustrious figures of Spanish history like Quevedo or Velázquez.

7. When the monarch Alfonso XII contemplated the masterpiece of Aníbal González concluded, said “Gentlemen, I knew that this was nice … But not so much”.


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