Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol, Seville Overview

The famous wooden structure located at La Encarnacion square, Metropol Parasol was designed by German architect Jurgen Mayer. It has a dimension of 490ft by 230 ft. and it is approximately 85ft in height. It is known to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The building is also known as Las Setas de la Encarnacion.

The construction for this huge wooden structure was started in 2004 and it was finally completed in 2011. It is a device used for revitalising the Plaza de la Encarnacion, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Metropol Parasol contains six parasols, each built in the shape of a giant mushroom. The design of this structure is inspired by the Seville Cathedral and the ficus trees in the nearby areas. There are four levels in the Metropol Parasol, in which the underground level has the Antiquarium, which is a museum that displays Roman and Moorish remains discovered on the sites. The Level 1 of the structure houses the Central Market, whose roof is the surface of an open air public plaza. The second and third level are panoramic terraces that offers outstanding view of the city centre. There is also a restaurant housed in the parasol. The podium is generally offered for events and concerts. The main idea of the Parasol was to offer shade, as that is something not found much in Seville. Mayer's Parasol is considered as a marvel in architecture.

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