There is no human person on the face of the earth who has not been moved when contemplating Plaza de España for the first time. It is one of the most spectacular places in Seville due to its majesty. Since 1929, when it was built for the Ibero-American Exposition, it has welcomed thousands of tourists who travel a long way to see this place that concentrates the whole history of Spain. We know that you, sevillan@, know each tile in the square. However, it is likely that you do not know any of these fun facts of Plaza de España:
1. It was designed by the great Sevillian local architect Aníbal González. Its semi-elliptical shape 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 benches instead of 48, but when the square 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 along with the rest of the provinces, since it is represented in four other murals of the square.
3. It is a cinematic setting, 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 not only we have seen it on the big screen, since it has also appeared in series like “Allí abajo”.
4. When Plaza de España was built, it was planned that after the Ibero-American Exposition, the building would house the Labour University of Seville. However, in the end it was divided among various official bodies such as the Government Delegation in Andalusia and the Guadalquivir Hydrographic Confederation.
5. The alphabetical distribution of the cities is not respected in the province of Navarra for one reason: when the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 ended, the tile The death of García IV of Navarra was removed because it was too violent. The potters supplanted him by creating “the Cast of the Kingdom of Navarra”, in which the king is seen surrounded with his children. This work changed the heading of Navarra for that of Pamplona, ??thus ruining the alphabetical order.
6. On the 48 banks of Plaza de España there are 48 busts representing illustrious figures of the Spanish history such as Quevedo or Velázquez.
7. When the monarch Alfonso XII contemplated the concluded masterpiece by Aníbal González, he said: “Gentlemen, I knew that this was beautiful… but not this much”.