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Universal expositions

Latin American World’s Fair Exhibition of 1929

The Latin American World’s Fair Exhibition of 1929 and the works built for this event, profoundly transformed Seville during the first quarter of the 20th C.

The Fair’s preliminary design contest held in 1911 was awarded to Sevillian architect, Anibal González, architect of the Plaza de America and the three surrounding pavilions built between 1911 and 1919 – Mudejar (Moorish influence) – Renaissance and Royal – today the seat of the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (Museum of Arts and Popular Customs), the Museo Arqueológico (Archaeological Museum) and Municipally buildings respectively. However the Plaza de España was this architect’s masterpiece, a structure built between 1914 and 1928. Just along side stands the Pabellón de la Telefónica (Pavilion built by Juan Talavera) and in the Prado de San Sebastián, the Pabellón de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion by Revello de Andrade).

From Expo '92 to Cartuja '93

The Universal Exhibition of Seville of 1992 (Expo ’92), sprung forth from an initiative of His Majesty the King Juan Carlos, who launched the idea during a historic speech given in Santo Domingo in 1976. His pledge was to hold a major Exposition in Spain, on the occasion of the V Century of the Discovery of America. The objective was to foster “dialogue amongst peoples and cultural exchange, as a means of understanding and solidarity”. Seville with its Port, the Puerta de Indias, represented during two centuries Spain’s greatest splendour was a huge space, in the past a place of prayer and refuge, strategically located between two arms of the River adjacent to the old town. This proved to be the perfect site.

The Expo proved to be a stimulus for the city, a decisive impulse of social and economic development, providing 21st C infrastructures for the region, aside from hosting this prestigious event. Expo ’92 represented Spain’s new democratic image to the world; modern and plural. The remodelling of the city included a new network of roads, roundabouts and avenues, some 70 km within the city alone, as well as six new bridges built over the Guadalquivir, all of them examples of the latest in engineering.

From April 20th until October 12th, Seville more than ever became a Universal City: 111 participating nations – the largest number in the history of World Fairs-, with representative present from the main International Organizations such as the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, etc., as well as the most important multinational companies, not to mention the assistance of all of Spain’s Autonomous Regions. During the 176 days in which the event lasted, the public responded consistently with great enthusiasm.

Today, scenic and exceptional locations such as El Palenque, a grand bio-climatic plaza with a capacity of 1500 spectators, the Auditorio, the largest open air auditorium in Europe (seating 4000), or the Teatro Central (Theatre), unique in all of Spain, built to host the latest tendencies in staged event, are all being fully enjoyed.

The opening in 1997 of Parque Temático Isla Mágica, a theme park situated on the Lago de España (Spanish Lake), was converted into a first class tourist destination.