"Parque María Luisa & The 1929 Ibero-American Expo" Parque de María Luisa Tip by MM212
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Donated partly by Princess María Luisa de Orleans in 1893, her namesake park was previously the gardens of her palace of San Telmo. The large green area was landscaped by Jean-Claude Forestier, director of Bois de Boulogne in Paris, for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Meanwhile, the various countries involved - Latin American and other associated nations, such as Morocco and Portugal - each built a "pavilion" for their exhibitions. Most built an edifice based on local architectural heritage, resulting in an amazing collection beautiful buildings. Seville itself built several edifices, including Plaza de España in a barroco-sevillano style, the Hotel Alfonso XIII and the Pabellón Mudéjar, both in a mudéjar revival style. The Expo of 1929 was meant to promote Seville and Andalucía and to bring them back on the global map. While the Expo was somewhat a success, it coincided with the Great Depression, which meant that its effect was mitigated in the years that followed. Still, Seville was left with an amazing collection of buildings now used either as consulates or museums. Attached is a photo of Pabellón de Portugal, built in the Macau-Portuguese style, and now used as the Portuguese consulate.
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