Forestier, the landscape designer of Maria Luisa Park
The French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier transformed the Maria Luisa Park. What were already palace gardens became a public park with more monumental and recreational spaces.
Forestier did not impose French classicism on his work at all costs and adapted his work to the climate and landscape of the city.
From his travels around the country, he perfectly captured in the park influences from the Alhambra in Granada, the Generalife, the Retiro Park in Madrid and, within the city itself, the Alcazar of Seville and some Sevillian manor houses, while maintaining respect for the existing trees and, in general, respecting with great delicacy the « sensitivity to naturalness » and « sensitivity to the landscape » that surrounds each element.
THE PARK MARIA LUISA AND THE 1929 EXHIBITION
In fact, thanks to the 1929 Universal Exposition, the park radically transformed several pavilions before its inauguration.
The most significant were:
Spain SquareThe main work of Anibal Gonzalez, among the magnificent buildings of regionalist structures, a navigable canal has been built where you can rent a boat and the benches of the square represent all the provinces of Spain, and also some busts of famous Spaniards on its walls. We also remember that the Plaza de España has been a good place to shoot many movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Mission Impossible, Starwars, Game of Throne.
Plaza de America, also known as Plaza de las Palomas, where the headquarters of the Mudejar pavilion of the Art Gallery of the Disciplines and Customs of Seville was located and, on the other side of the square, we see the old Pavilion of the Arts, now the Provincial Archaeological Museum. In front of it is the Royal Pavilion and also the hotel where the Eritaña Civil Guard is located.
There are other pavilions, such as the well-known Domecq Pavilion. A neoclassical brick building designed by architect Aurelio Gómez Millán located near the Glorieta de Covadonga and the pavilion of the Bodega de Jerez Domecq during the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.
The famous Aldofo Bécquer Roundabout
The Glorieta de Becquer is located in the Maria Luisa Park in Seville, Andalusia, Spain.
The white marble monument dedicated to the romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in the Maria Luisa Park has a large tree in its center, a swamp cypress.
Bécquer was born in Seville and lived there until his death in 1875. He wrote romantic poetry and his works are known for their poetic evocations of nature, rural life and passion.
Immense poet, Adolfo Bécquer is honored with this statue symbolizing poetic inspiration in Seville.
Although he had no formal education and did not even learn to read until the age of nine, his parents supported his artistic inclinations and encouraged him to begin composing poetry at a very young age.
His work as a poet has been described as « poetic, magical… beautiful ».
Characteristics of Maria Luisa Park
The Maria Luisa Park is a very well known place because it houses numerous statues and monuments. It is true that Maria Luisa Park has many different landmarks. Among them we have: Monte Gurugú, Isleta de los Pájaros, Fuente de las Ranas, Glorieta Hermanos Álvarez Quintero, our ‘favorite’ Glorieta de Bécquer, Plaza América, Plaza de España, Museo Arqueológico, Glorieta de San Diego, Glorieta de Aníbal González.
Summary of The best known points of the Maria Luisa Park by sectors are:
Plaza de America Zone
- Royal Pavilion
- Cervantes Roundabout
- Rodriguez Marin Roundabout
- Museum of Popular Arts and Customs
- Archaeological Museum
- Pigeon Springs
- Glorieta de la Mesa Mural
- Glorieta del Reloj
- Virgen de los Reyes Roundabout
Plaza de España Zone
- Spain Square
- Aníbal González roundabout
- Goya Roundabout
- La Raza Monument
- Telefónica Company Pavilion
- Covadonga Roundabout
- Domecq Pavilion
From Glorieta de San Diego
- San Diego roundabout
- Bécquer Roundabout
- Luis Montoto Roundabout
- Luca de Tena Roundabout
- Concha Piquer Roundabout
- Rafael de León Roundabout
- Dante Alighieri Roundabout
- Glorieta Hermanos Álvarez Quintero
- Glorieta de los Toreros
- Machado Brothers Roundabout
From Hernán Cortés
- Gabriela Ortega Gómez Roundabout
- Lotus Roundabout
- Monument to the Infanta Maria Luisa
- Isleta de los Pájaros
- Juanita Reina Roundabout
- José María Izquierdo Roundabout
- Fountain of the Frogs Lions Garden
- Mount Gurugú
From Paseo de la Delicias
- Blue Roundabout
- Ofelia Nieto Roundabout
- La Concha Roundabout
- Doña Sol Roundabout
- Glorieta de Más y Prat
- Mario Méndez Bejarano Roundabout
Flowers and Fauna of Maria Luisa Park
The botanical restoration was entrusted to the famous gardener Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier, inaugurated in 1914 on the occasion of the Ibero-American exhibition.
The Maria Luisa Park in Seville has a lot of flowers and vegetation, shrubs and trees lining the paths. There are many different species in maria luisa park with interesting features such as palm trees, olive trees, cypresses. Maria Luisa Park has different types of vegetation, among them wild flowers such as laburnum, oak and small flowers, palm trees, some of large size, cypresses. The park also has some well-maintained fountains, benches and a water channel.
Seville’s Maria Luisa Park is a popular tourist spot due to its great and often cited variety of flora but is home to an eclectic fauna. In the park, visitors will encounter birds, swans, ducks, peacocks and songbirds. We will also see squirrels, rabbits and sometimes some flamingos.
It has a pond with ducks and even a playground where children can have fun.
It is a perfect place to take a walk with the children. Free, they will like to give nuggets, seeds, bread to the pigeons as we can buy bags in the kiosks in the area.
Near the park, visitors can enjoy a walk along the river bank where they can watch the fish swimming and observe the variety of local birds in front of them.
Maria Luisa Park, a play area for children
The Maria Luisa Park in Seville is a green lung and a children’s playground. It is the perfect place to enjoy a family walk, have a picnic or even take a bike ride. The park has a variety of attractions such as children’s areas and a large pond called the Isleta de los Pájaros.
Urban green space in Seville, Maria luisa park is perfect for a family stroll on a Sunday or while visiting the city of Seville- It is a great space for those looking to spend time outdoors, stay active and enjoy being outdoors.
Also, on sunny days, the park is perfect for outdoor activities such as cycling with children, jogging, feeding the birds.
Access and beauty of Maria Luisa Park
Maria Luisa Park is very healthy. Walking there is a free delight (there is no need to pay any entrance fee). We rest while walking, we feel the birds singing, the softness of the branches of the trees, the floral aroma of the trails. In addition, the park is one of the most fascinating places to visit if you are traveling with children in Seville as it has several playgrounds.
The park can be reached from downtown through the Puerta de Jerez, through San Fernando and the Glorieta del Cid, or from the Santa Cruz neighborhood, crossing the Jardines de Murillo and passing through the Casino Exposición. It can also be reached via Avenida de las Delicias and La Palmera and head towards Plaza de América.
When we talk about size, we must take into account that the total area of the Maria Luisa Park is about 34 hectares, which makes it one of the most beautiful parks in Spain and probably also in the rest of Europe. Everything is unique and some say that the Templars, when they fled, may have buried some treasures somewhere.
The 34 hectares are divided into several zones, there are six main zones, all of which are interconnected. In these pavilions you will find the titles of famous writers and characters from different periods, such as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, the Álvarez Quintero brothers or Goya. Along this path there are fountains and basins of different shapes, such as ducks, frogs and lions. Also noteworthy are the statue of the Cid, by Anna Huntington, the Casino of the Exposition and the Lope de Vega Theater, former Pavilion of Seville. The Portugal Pavilion, now a consulate, the Chile Pavilion, the America Pavilion, the Peru Pavilion and the Uruguay Pavilion.
CONTACT ADDRESS ADDRESS MARIA LUISA PARK (SEVILLA)
Price: Free of charge. TICKETS are not required.
Address: Paseo de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla.
Tlf.: 954211234 – 954500528
Opening hours: Été from 8:00 to 24:00h.et Hiver from 8:00 to 22:00h.
Access: Bus (C1, C2, C5, 1, 3, 5, 6, 30, 34, 37, 40, 41), Sevici (station numbers 144, 137, 59, 120, 119), Tram T1 (San Bernardo), Metro L1 (Prado de San Sebastián), and Train (San Bernardo).
photographs of the park
taken by travelers in Seville.
¡Ven a descubrir la naturaleza en Sevilla! El Parque de María Luisa es un lugar verde en Sevilla, España. Este parque público está lleno de árboles y fuentes, y es el lugar perfecto para escapar del ajetreo y el bullicio de la ciudad.
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