de Espana is a plaza in the Parque de Maria Luisa, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture.
Measuring 50,000 square metres, it is the size of 5 football ovals.
The Plaza has been used over the decades as a location for filming several movies, Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia and the latest Sasha Baron-Cohen film.
Today the building houses government offices. During the peak of summer the centre fountain area can reach up to 45 degrees C, while inside the building can reach 65 degrees C, as no air conditioning is available.
Beautiful ceramics surround the building, bridges, walls and balustrades.
All along the wall by the canal are 48 alcoves with benches, one for each province of Spain, each with a relevant tableau and map. All are designed on colourful azulejos (painted ceramic tiles).
By lunchtime the temperature had reached 37 degrees C and was rising. We spent a few hours after lunch in our room under the air con before exploring the opposite side of the river for dinner.
A long day flying Amsterdam-Madrid-Seville. Arrived late afternoon to the relief that my carry on containing my large SLR camera arrived safely and intact. The airline asked if it could be put in cargo, free of charge and as it went down the shoot realised the Canon was in it and not really protected.
After seeing the baggage handler literally throw it on to the belt from a great distance to be loaded, I was quite worried. All good in the end.
Flew over the orange groves and very surprised at how dry the area is.
The city is made up of hundreds of tiny alleyways. You stand in the doorways when a car drives past.
We noticed the pedestrians only walk on one side of the street, the shaded side.
After checking in we wandered the alleyways and found the way to the Plaza where our 2 hour free walking tour is meeting the next morning.
There is a very strong Islam and Moroccan influence in the architecture, beautiful buildings in this very clean city.
We stopped for Tapas and a cold drink for dinner about 6.30pm.
The young waiter, who spoke excellent English, told us that the Spanish eat their lunch at 3pm and dinner between 9-10pm.
The weather for tomorrow is predicted to be 38 degrees C.
Very different to what we have come from.
From what we have seen so far, Seville is a beautiful city.