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Hotel Monte Carmelo Seville is located very close to the Plaza de España

The Plaza de España is considered one of the most emblematic monuments of the architecture of Seville. It was made in regionalist style and was the most important work by Aníbal Gonzalez. It was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, which took place in Seville. The first time King Alfonso XIII saw it he declared: “Ladies and gentlemen, I knew it was beautiful, but not this much.”

Recognised throughout the world, it is oval-shaped and crossed by four bridges. An elegant and predominant fountain fills the centre of 48 benches decorated with tiles from Triana, representing the provinces of Spain. Neither Seville — which instead has a mural — or Tenerife — which was not yet considered a province at the square. It features two identical towers and  the time — are represented. It is worth mentioning the beautiful coffered ceilings of the square, as well as the brick structure combined with polychrome ceramic tiles and decorations.

The Plaza de España looks out towards the Guadalquivir River, as the path to follow to the Americas. It has been restored several times, during which ceramic and cast iron lampposts were recovered in the aim of bringing back the image of the Plaza as it was intended by its creator, Aníbal González, for the Exposition of 1929.

It has served as the filming location of films such as David Lean's Laurence of Arabia (1962) and George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode II, Attack of the Clones (2002). Recently, it was featured in the Spanish series Allí Abajo. Another important event held there was the 1999 IAAF Athletics Championships, in which the best athletes from around the world participated.