Travel Theme Twist: Metropol Parasol

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Metropol Parasol in the old town of Sevilla is a gigantic, undulating canopy shaped like a five waffle patterned structures. The structure consists of six parasols, which provides nice shades for the area during hot summer, locals call “the mushrooms”.

Take an elevator, you can get the top to enjoy a loop walk along the terrance and the night scene of Sevilla.

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The construction began on June 26, 2005, with an estimated cost of 50 million euros and a projected to complete in June 2007. Due to some problems of the design, it didn’t finish until 2011, and the total cost was 100 million euros.

Parasol-3It has dimensions of 150 by 70 metres (490 by 230 ft) and an approximate height of 26 metres (85 ft)claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world.

Here is a twist: …until 1990, when the city decided to construct underground parking with space for a market on top. However, in the midst of construction, ruins dating to Roman and Andalusian eras were discovered, and construction was frozen after an expenditure of 14 million euros. In 2004 the city decided to attempt to develop the area again, and opened an international competition to solicit bids.  — Wikipedia 

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41 responses

  1. This is an amazing structure! The pictures are really nice.

    July 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for liking these pics, Szila!

      July 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  2. Love these twisty pics! Thanks for sharing this place. Have never been there.

    July 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

    • Amy

      It’s not a popular tourist spot in Sevilla. Glad you like the pics.

      July 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

  3. Wow, wonderful works!!!

    July 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

    • Amy

      Thank you Rexilin! Glad you like it. :)

      July 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  4. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing it.

    July 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Dawn!

      July 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  5. Wow, what a great choice for twist! Seeing it with the night lights is perfect. :)

    July 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

    • Amy

      I think the night scene is more attractive. Thanks, Lisa :)

      July 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  6. Sas

    This looks amazing!

    July 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    • Amy

      Thanks, Sas! Glad you like it. :)

      July 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  7. Strong architectural features.

    July 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    • Amy

      it just cost a little too much :)

      July 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

  8. Wow! Interesting structure.

    July 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    • Amy

      quite different than any other structures that I’ve seen…

      July 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

  9. More of the is beautiful building Amy. What a shock it must have been during the original development to find the ruins.

    July 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    • Amy

      It really was a shock, you’d think that was the first thing they’d investigate…

      July 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

  10. Real twisty, love it

    July 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for visiting, scrapydo!

      July 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      • Although I am not always commenting I still visit your blog and love it.

        July 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        • Amy

          Thank you :) Have a great week!

          July 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

          • Thank you, enjoy your week too! :D

            July 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

  11. Great photos. An interesting design. :D

    July 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    • Amy

      Very different :)

      July 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  12. What a structure. It is so ‘in your face’ Amy…I love it

    July 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    • Amy

      Yep, it is… I think the night scene is prettier :)

      July 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  13. wow fabulous fotos!

    July 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Cindy. I always think that night light photography is challenging :)

      July 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  14. I feel like there is a lot more to see now in Seville. Has it been ages since I last went there? It seems so. Love your photos.

    July 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    • Amy

      I wish I had a couple of extra days when we were there… :)

      July 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

  15. lovely structure and great for the theme! i can see why the locals call it mushroom :) beautiful shots, as always, Amy!
    must be a big surprise to discover ancient ruins :)

    July 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  16. What an amazing structure! Thanks so much for the interesting facts Amy. :)

    July 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • Amy

      Glad you like it, LuAnn! If you like this one, you gonna like the upcoming post :)

      July 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      • I look forward to it. :)

        July 8, 2014 at 6:32 am

  17. fantastic geometry!! Great photos!

    July 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    • Amy

      Really is… Took a long while to get it done though :)

      July 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  18. Very artistic @Amy, fantastic!

    July 7, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Anna! :)

      July 7, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  19. Gotta! Gotta! Gotta get back to Seville and see this soon, Amy. I love it :)

    July 8, 2014 at 3:17 am

  20. Fabulous photography Amy! I’d love to go there.

    July 9, 2014 at 4:53 am

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