Today I’m taking you on a short but comprehensive walk around the provinces of Spain.
We will start our tour close to the impressive fountain that graces the courtyard of Seville’s Plaza de España.
Just over a century ago, Seville commenced the redevelopment of an extensive area of the city, ready to host the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World Fair. Work started on the Parque de María Luisa in 1911, involving a reshaping of the earlier park and the addition of tiled fountains, pavilions, walls, ponds and benches.
The Plaza de España buildings, designed by Aníbal González, were built on the edge of the park to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. The buildings take the form of a large semi-circle with a fountain, moat and bridges. Around the walls, stand tiled alcoves, each representing either a province of Spain or an aspect of Spanish culture.
We will benefit from their kindness to make our 750 metre walk around the country, covering most of the current provinces – in alphabetical order, of course.
The Plaza de España’s visual fame is not new: it has been used as a film location many times, including Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, Star Wars: Episode II in 2002 and The Dictator in 2012.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 8 June 2016
Part of Monday Walk