The Plaza de España, a square located in the Parque de María Luisa in the southern end of Barrio Santa Cruz, was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
The building was used to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits during the exposition.
The architect was Aníbal González who mixed Art Deco, mock-Moorish and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles in the design.
The buildings of the plaza form a half-circle which is accessible via bridges over the moat. Here’s a video to give you more of an idea.
The front wall of the buildings contain alcoves which each represent the different regions and cities of Spain.
If you click on one of the photos below, you’ll be able to see them as a full-screen slideshow.
The square was used as a location for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones where it was used for exterior shots of the City of Theed on the Planet Naboo.
Please also see my other posts on Barrio Santa Cruz.