La, Plaza De Espana, is one of Madrid’s glamorous filming sites that you can actually, visit. This 19th-century location across Spain Square, in Seville, has been filmed countless times. From the Star Wars to Lawrence of Arabia to the Dictator, the list covers a diverse mix of genres. This place is symbolic of the regionalism architecture, which draws its inspiration from the renaissance period of Moorish designs. Which is why, a lot of directors, turn to this spot to capture ridiculous backdrops Spain has to offer. Even otherwise, Plaza de Espana is the crown of the Parque de María Luisa. This semi-circular brick building inspires a unique architectural landscape of its own. In Madrid, Parque de María Luisa and the grand boulevards are the ones to look out for, towards the southern end. These are all designed by Nicolas Forestier.
All around the park, a trail of Moorish paradisiac treads off tiled fountains, pavilions, ponds, and the flower-bowers. Aníbal González enhanced these designs by introducing a consolidated touch of Mock, and Neo-Mudéjar styles; elaborately decorating the Plaza. The connecting bridge is the highlight of this popular spot. Covered in Roman mosaics, the designs on the bridge outline the four ancient kingdoms of Spain. The mosaics symbolise Spain’s independent provinces, steering into a precious collection of artefacts.
The most intriguing monument inside Plaza de Espana – is the Miguel de Cervantes. In all its totality, it’s a masterpiece sculpted by Rafael Zapatero, Pedro Muguruza, and Lorenzo Valera. The Statue of Cervantes is an interesting ‘piece of art’ to observe. Although it appears that Cervantes is looking at us instead.
He is sitting high on a chair, facing, bronze statues of Don Quixote and Pancho Sanza. Resting nonchalantly, Cervantes sure appears to admire the phenomenal, surrounding, landscapes. Later towards the end of the 19th-century, sculptures of Rinconete, Cortadillo, and Little Gypsy Girl were also, added to the park. Officially, Plaza De Espana is an accumulation of government-operated buildings that represent the legislative power of Spain. Despite which, it is visited by millions each year. No fee is associated, with visiting this medieval construction. You can rent a motorboat to explore, Plaza De Espana’s architectural designs, as well as, its canals and well-manicured gardens. A trip to Madrid is incomplete without getting to visit Plaza De Espana.