Modern Architecture: Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain

by Arūnas
Las Setas de Sevilla

The Metropol Parasol (Spanish: Las Setas de Sevilla) is an impressive waffle-type crisscrossed wooden structure located in the Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville, the capital and largest city of Andalusia, southern Spain.

Five interesting facts about the structure:

  • It was built between 2005 and 2011 by the German architect Jürgen Mayer.
  • The wood used was birch, imported from Finland, because of its excellent quality.
  • Organized in four levels, it consists of six linked parasols.
  • At the top, there is a 250 m (820 ft) walkway with 360-degree views of Seville.
  • It is the largest wooden structure in the world (dimensions of 150 m/490 ft long, 70 m/230 ft wide and an approximate height of 26m/85 ft).

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Metropol Parasol Pictures


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Under the Metropol Parasol
Metropol Parasol: The largest wooden structure in the world
The walkway on top of the wooden structure
Metropol Parasol: The largest wooden structure in the world
The top of the Metropol Paradol
Seville Cathedral
View of Seville Cathedral from top of the wooden structure
Metropol Parasol: The largest wooden structure in the world
On the top
Las Setas de la Encarnación
The wooden structure is locally recognized as Las Setas de la Encarnación (“Incarnación’s Mushrooms”) due to their quirky shape
The Metropol Parasol at night
The Metropol Parasol at night

Address: Plaza de la Encarnación, 14, 1ºB, 41003 Seville, Spain

Official website: Setas de Sevilla


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