Maria Luisa Park. Urban Park in Seville, Spain

Maria Luisa Park

Urban Park in Seville, Spain

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Maria Luisa Park

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Maria Luisa Park, known as ‘Parque de María Luisa’ in Spanish, is the most famous park in the city of Seville, Spain. This beautiful urban park in the heart of Seville is one of the city’s most popular attractions due to the expansive gardens, beautiful fountains and monuments, and fascinating museums that it contains. Whether you’re interested in going for a leisurely stroll through the orange trees, rowing the canals of the gorgeous Plaza de España (Wikipedia Article), or viewing fascinating Roman mosaics and sculptures, you’re sure to enjoy your visit to this outdoor paradise.

History

Before the park was founded, most of its grounds were the gardens of the Palace of San Telmo, one of the city’s most famous historic buildings. In 1893, the large expanse of land next to the beautiful Guadalquivir River was donated to the city of Sevilla to be used as a public park. Over following decades, landscape architects designed the park’s gorgeous gardens and began to construct buildings for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 (Wikipedia Article). The most famous artifact of this world’s fair is undoubtedly the Plaza de España, an architectural masterpiece designed by Aníbal González that remains one of the city’s most important landmarks to this day. Several other pavilions from this important event still remain in the park as well, including the fine arts and Mudéjar pavilions, which have been converted into popular museums.

Attractions

If you only have time to visit one park in Seville, this is the one to visit due to its many architectural and historical landmarks, beautiful tree-lined paths, and museums.

Plaza de España

Without a doubt, the heart of the park is the remarkable Plaza de España with its impressive central fountain. There’s plenty to see and do in this plaza, from renting a rowboat to explore its canals to taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around the plaza and throughout the rest of the park and the city. Those who have personal ties to locations in Spain also enjoy looking at its tiled alcoves and benches, which represent each of Spain’s provinces with their coat of arms, a map, and depictions of their most important historical events.

Archaeological Museum of Sevilla

Known as ‘Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla’ in Spanish, this museum is the more popular of the two museums in the park’s Plaza de América. Its wide range of artifacts includes the fascinating Treasure of El Carambolo, which features impressive gold jewelry and statues thought to belong to the Tartessian or Phoenician cultures, as well as numerous exhibits featuring Roman artifacts. Some of the most interesting exhibits in the Archaeological Museum of Sevilla contain artifacts from the nearby Roman city of Itálica, including awe-inspiring mosaics and busts of Roman emperors.

Museum of Arts and Traditions of Sevilla

The other museum in the Plaza de América is the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares, which contains a diverse array of exhibits related to local traditions and crafts. Its displays focus on traditional crafts such as goldsmithing, embroidery, the cultivation of wheat, the creation of tile, and metalwork, and showcase artifacts that include religious objects, musical instruments, furniture, and firearms. It’s a great place to learn about history of everyday life in this beautiful city.

Monument to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

There are numerous monuments that can be found throughout the park, but one in particular stands out above the rest. It is the monument to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (Wikipedia Article), a famous Spanish poet. Inspired by his poetry, it depicts Cupid and three beautiful young women sculpted from bronze and marble.

Fountain of the Lions

The park also contains many beautiful fountains, but the most famous is undoubtedly the Fuente de los Leones, which features four stone lions that spit water.

Costurero de la Reina

Costurero de la Reina is a famous architectural landmark in the park which is the oldest Neo-Mudéjar style building in the city. Its name is attributed to a local legend that the future wife of King Alfonso XII of Spain used to visit the pavilion to sew. Today the building contains a tourist information office and exhibits related to the Ibero-American Exposition of 1928.

Practical Information

Here’s everything you need to know in order to plan your visit to Maria Luisa Park.

Address: Avenida de María Luisa, s/n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain

The park consists of 100 acres of land and is almost completely closed to vehicle traffic. The easiest ways to get around the park are by walking, cycling, or hopping aboard one of the many horse-drawn carriage tours that are offered at various attractions throughout the city. There are also plenty of benches and fountains you can use to rest for a while when you tire of walking around the park.

Similar Landmarks

Other prominent public parks in Spanish cities include Buen Retiro Park in Madrid and Park Güell in Barcelona. There are also dozens of other exciting places to visit throughout Seville, including Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar of Seville.

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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Jul 10, 2015

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