Seville is known as a city of historical architecture with such famous buildings as Seville Cathedral, La Giralda and the Real Alcazar drawing in crowds of tourists each day.
Seville also has its share of striking, modern buildings none more so than the Metropol Parasol aka Las Setas de la Encarnación, which claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world.
Designed by German architect, Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and engineered by Arup the structure was completed in 2011 after 6 years in construction. The project went way over the proposed budget.
Built in wood, granite and concrete, the architect was inspired by the vaults of Seville Cathedral and wished to create a "cathedral without walls."
A market has stood on this spot at La Encarnación Square for centuries and the modern building's ground level serves as such today. There is an underground level with a museum displaying Roman and Moorish antiquities unearthed during the construction phase. The upper levels are viewing platforms with great vistas over the city.
The Metropol Parasol is within easy walking distance of many of Seville's main sites including Seville Cathedral, La Giralda and the Real Alcazar. Also close by are the historic El Rinconcillo tapas bar and the recommended Hotel Baco.
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