El Centro is defined differently by different people but for my purposes it’s the area between Plaza de Encarnacion (location of Las Setas) and Plaza Nueva (location of the town hall), and the interconnecting shopping streets of Velazquez/Tetuan, Sierpes and Cuna.
See my next post for places to eat around here.
El Centro has many interesting buildings. Beginning in Plaza de Encarnacion, we can see the Espacio Metropol Parasol, a post-modern construction known to Sevillanos as ‘Las Setas’ (The Mushrooms), for obvious reasons.
It’s a multi-level building housing an archaeology museum displaying Roman ruins in the basement, a market on the ground floor and restaurants on the upper level.
You can also walk across the roof in the day time.
My favourite building in the area is this modernista house on the corner of Calle Alfonso XII and Calle Almirante Ulloa.
The architect was Aníbal González who studied in Barcelona where he must have caught the modernisme bug.
As you’d expect there’s a lot of Neo-Mudéjar architecture around.
This example is on Avenida de la Constitucion near the cathedral.
And this on the corner of Calle Cuna and Calle Cerrajería. It was built in 1914 and is the work of architect José Espiau y Muñoz.
Restaurant Victoria Eugenia, also on Calle Cuna at Plaza de Villasís, was built in the early nineteenth century by the famous architect Aníbal González, who is also responsible for Plaza de España (see later post).
In Plaza Nueva you can see the town hall or ayuntamiento which is called the Casa Consistorial de Sevilla. It’s built in the Plateresque style meaning “in the manner of a silversmith”; a blend of Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance and Lombard decorative elements (a style particular to Spain).
The façade includes heraldic symbols, allegories of justice and good governance and depictions of mythological and historical characters such as Hercules and Julius Caesar who are considered instrumental in the city’s history.