Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa)
Plaza de Espana • Seville

From: Seville Travel Guide

See also: Torre Del OroSeville CathedralReal Alcazar Flamenco Dance Museum

Mary Luisa Park
This vast and beautiful public park once belonged to the Palace of San Telmo, before being donated to the city of Seville by Infanta Luisa Fernanda the Duchess of Montpensier who was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand VII.

Part of the park was used for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition for which the Plaza de Espana buildings were constructed and used for the world's fair.

The Plaza de Espana was designed by architect Anibal Gonzalez and features several buildings within one semicircular shaped building design, in front of the main building is a fountain and paved area that is surrounded by a moat which has several bridges over it that lead towards the different buildings.

Other building's close to the Maria Luisa Park include the picturesque Queen's sewing Box which is shaped like a miniature castle with turrets and decorative triangular shaped castellations.

The park features beautiful ponds, fountains, statues and monuments including the octagonally shaped Fountain of the Lions which has four lion statues positioned around the edge. Another popular monument is the white marble monument to Spanish poet Gustavo Adolo Becquer has a white marble bust of the poet alongside a statue of cupid on either side and the statues of three ladies sat on an bench. The park also features a bronze statue of Princess Luisa Fernanda which was designed by Enrique Perez Comendador.

The garden has several fascinating species of plant life that are both native and exotic with palm and orange trees also included in the lush green makeup of the gardens which surround the pergola's and well kept flower beds that are bursting with colour.

The Plaza de Espana is along Avenida Isabel la Catolica approximately half a mile south of the General Archive of the Indies and Seville Cathedral.

Travel Guide
The park can be reached by taxi, tram and bus (05, 30, 31, 34, A6, A7, T1, C4 and C1).

Attractions In The Area
Other nearby attractions include the Torre del Oro, Seville Cathedral, General Archive Of The Indies, Real Alcazar and the Flamenco Dance Museum.