Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Move: Huelva & Sevilla

We arrived to Huelva at about 8 PM to dark and empty streets. We almost thought perhaps we'd chosen the wrong side of town when we booked the hotel, until we were kindly reminded by the receptionist that it was January 6 (Day of the Epiphany) and so that's why everything was closed.

We ended up eating about a Burger King, as it was about the only thing that was open (and so ridiculously full) and then headed to the hotel to sleep.

I would like to take a moment to point out how gorgeous highways in Spain are. I mean, just look at these:

And then we arrived at Seville.

This is the Plaza España and it is the most imposing structure I've ever seen in my life.

It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and was designed by Aníbal González. The building is a beautiful mixture of Western and Eastern architectural styles, and there are tiled alcoves by the walls of the Plaza, each representing a province of Spain. Construction began in 1914, and it became the Exposition's most ambitious and expensive project, and the number of people working on the project simultaneously reached a thousand.

It measures 200 meters in diameter and has a surface area of 50,000 square meters, 19,000 of which consist of building structures, and the remaining 31,000 of open areas. The canal surrounding it runs for 515 meters and is crossed by four bridges, representing the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.

Fun fact: The Plaza de España was used as the planet Naboo in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, as well as in Lawrence of Arabia.


  1. Oh my goodness, I'm glad you put in that bit about Star Wars. That's too good, hahaha. You've visited a different planet now!