The one constant that we have seen everywhere we have traveled is that every city has something unique to bring to the travel experience. We never really know what we will find when we travel to some of the great cities in the world. One of the stops on the map of the city of Seville, Spain is the Metropol Parasol. Since it was not visible from the bus route we decided to walk the few blocks from the bus stop and see what all the fuss was about.
The Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located in La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville, Spain.
Construction began in 2005. It stands 85 feet high and is 490 by 230 feet long.
Construction finished in 2011. It is believed to be the largest all wooden structure in the world.
The building is affectionately known as Las Setas de la Encarnación (Incarnación’s mushrooms). The design is said to be six parasols which form a giant mushroom.
Construction on the site actually began in early 1990 but during the excavation they found a ruin dating to the Roman and Andalusian eras and construction was immediately stopped.
The Metropol is organized into four levels. The sublevel is the Antiquarium where the Roman and Moorish remains are on display in a museum. The Central Market is located on level 1.
They sell lots of fresh fish and meats…
Olives and cheeses…
And loads of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The roof of Level 1 is the surface of the open-air public plaza, shaded by the wooden parasols above and designed for public events. Levels 2 and 3 house a restaurant, and two stages for entertainment. They also offer one of the best views of the city centre. Our new friends Ruth and Mick had a better idea and we decided to have a drink under the parasol instead.
In fact we decided that sitting under the parasol was a perfect way for me to celebrate my 54th birthday. And no, I didn’t eat the whole thing by myself. 🙂