How has Seville changed over the last 20 years?
Seville, this fantastic city at the Guadalquivir river you must have just experienced. Anyone who nowadays visits the capital of Andalusia can not get away from the wonder.
Considering that Spain, and in particular the southernmost region of the Iberian peninsula, suffers as much as a few regions of Europe under the effects of the economic crisis, it is all the more astonishing as this city impresses visitors.
The ancient city center, dominated by the Romans and the Moors, with the old town (casco Antiguo), is in no way contradictory to the quotations of modern architecture, which have been created in Seville since the 1992 World Exposition, the Expo Universal.
Today, the town has an extensive and contemporary cycle track network, a modern metro line that crosses the city from north to south, a tram line in the center, as well as countless new prestigious buildings that fabulously fit into the new cityscape. Interesting is the Metropol Parasol at the Plaza de la Encarnación. The city administration was not a pity for the mushroom-shaped, shadow-drenched wooden constructions, since it exceeded the pre-set costs by several times.
The same is true for the Torre Pelli, the prestigious skyscraper of the Cajasol Fundación, where the eave height exceeds that of the Giralda many times over. UNESCO seems to have closed both eyes, because the Andalusian metropolis ran the risk of losing the seal as a world cultural heritage.
Seville intends to continue to modernize the townscape in the coming years and to restore old buildings at the same time. The reason for the immense investment is the expansion of the metropolis as the tourist destination No.1 on the Spanish mainland. Not only the international tourism is promoted. A similar effort is being made to expand the city into a center for trade fairs and congresses. So far, this project seems to work smoothly.
It may be hoped that the responsible planners will not take over and the money will not be turned over in Brussels.