One of the most representative cities of all Spain is, without a doubt, Seville. Capital of the Andalusia region, this city stands out above the rest for having experienced first-hand all the changes and processes in the history of Spain. It is also one of the main key tourist spots in the country, with adults-only hotels, and people do not stop marveling at it.
But, what makes Seville such a special place? In all its streets you can breathe the atmosphere of legends, historical changes and the mixture of cultures that has always characterized the city. Seville is full of things to tell and the history of the country is best understood there. Therefore, if you have the possibility of ever traveling to Seville, don't miss its curiosities by staying in hotels like the Iberostar.
From Tartessian culture to the 1992 Universal Exposition of Seville
The first population center that resided in Seville, during the Bronze and Iron Age, was the tartessian. Considered for the Greeks in ancient times as the first civilization of the West, it was only going to mean the modest beginning of a city that is still growing today.
After this first culture and the arrival of the Visigoths and Romans, Seville had a great heyday with the reign of Al-Andalus. In this period of history, Seville became the seat of a heart and later the capital of a Taifa kingdom, with an impressive cultural growth thanks in part to the scientific advances of the Muslims.
After the Christian Reconquest, Seville continued with its unstoppable growth and became the economic center of the Spanish Empire just after the discovery of America in 1492. The Golden Age of arts and letters first entered Spain through the gates of Seville, so the The city was crowned as the cultural epicenter of the Iberian Peninsula.
The centuries passed and with them the good work of the capital of Andalusia, being the 20th century the moment of its urban expansion and its evolution to this day. The Ibero-American Exhibition (1929) and the Universal Exhibition of Seville (1992) had much to do with this maintenance of the growth of the city.
So that, the clearest example of the history of Spain is observed in SevilleWell, it has lived - and lives - every little piece of the country's evolution.
The Ibero-American Exhibition and the construction of the Plaza de España
But beyond all this evolution in the history of Spain represented in a single city, Seville, a construction stands out above the rest. It is the Plaza de España, completed in 1929 by the architect Aníbal González on the occasion of the Ibero-American Exhibition. The semi-elliptical shape, symbol of the union between Spain and its American colonies, is bordered by the Guadalquivir River, from where the journey to the other side of the Atlantic began.
In this square, each of the provinces of Spain are represented and a memory of them, although it is true that Tenerife does not appear because in the year of creation it did not exist, and Seville is not represented there but in four murals in the square.
However, the Plaza de España in Seville is one of the symbols of all Spain and it also represents the entire history of the country.