In the midst of Seville’s historical city, arrived a mysterious structure that visitors often wonder what it is supposed to represent. Located in the bustling heart of Seville’s city centre a few blocks away from its shopping district, “Las Setas” or “The Mushroom” as Spanish people like to call it, is a modern interpretation of the city’s famous cathedral. It is a wooden-structured canopy spanning 70 metres in length and 26 metres in height. If you are keen to capture photographic landmarks, this modern architecture will definitely be one for the book. On top of that, it has a walkable rooftop and underneath it has an archaeological museum which gives great knowledge about Seville.
A great place for gathering
The Plaza de la Encarnacion creates a space full of activities for eating, drinking and even just meeting friends, which makes it a wonderful attraction to visit, day or night. Not to mention that on the second floor, you can access beautiful fountains and places for contemplation. The structure itself is made to shade visitors from the blazing sun in the summer.
Learn and explore ruins under Seville
Finding the entrance inside is very simple, from the south side of the plaza is a ramp that will lead you underground. Here you will find a souvenir shop and both entrances from the rooftop and The Antiquarium (Archaeological Museum), so there is a choice if you are not keen to go on one or another. In the Museum, the entrance fee is only 2 EUR (2.2 USD). In addition, you can use the same ticket to visit the famous “Real Alcázar de Sevilla” on the same day.
As you may know, Seville was founded dating back to 8th century BC, and has been occupied by the Romans starting in 205 BC. In the museum, you can get insights of preserved building of this period and on how people used to live.
Preserved artefacts inside The Antiquarium
The museum itself can be previewed in the entrance as it is enclosed by glass from floor-to-ceiling. Inside, you will see preserved excavations of Roman structures, artefacts and mosaics. The museums have a multimedia guide and information screens that explain briefly what people use to do their day-to-day basis such as ancient pot for cooking or an oil lamp as shown in the picture.
Take a stroll on Las Setas’ rooftop
For 3 EUR (3.30 USD), you can take a stroll on the beautiful rooftop of Las Setas. From the entrance which is underground, an elevator takes you up to a platform at the top that compiles an organic shape following the form of Las Setas. You can take a walk and enjoy a 360-degree view on Seville, with ancient cathedrals, typical roofs and modern bridges.
I recommend that you visit the rooftop at around 7:00 to 8:00 pm, just in time for the sunset. You will also love to look at the wonderful curves of Las Setas’ wooden structure right beneath the walking platform.
Taste your first Spanish meal in Spala
In the Plaza, there are a lot of options which you can go to either for drinking or eating. There are available foods ranging from authentic Spanish meals, Italian pizzas to Japanese sushi. I recommend the paella in Spala Restaurant, it is particularly delicious! “Cervezas” (Beers) in Sevilla are very cheap, you can get a bottle for 1 EUR ( 1.10 USD). It’s definitely a bonus if you like drinking!
Never miss Seville’s iconic landmark!
Las Setas is a radically imposing design gem which contrasts its surrounding. Seville has many historical monuments that have been loved and cherished through the centuries, and I think that this piece is also going to be part of its wonderful heritage.
You won’t be disappointed when you will see this amazing modern infrastructure in the heart of an ancient city. It is a symbol but also a very convenient place with many activities to offer.
Tip: Don’t forget to keep your ticket as you can get free cerveza once you go down the rooftop!
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