There is a lot to see in Seville that is historically beautiful, but don’t be fooled by the appearance of the architecture: many buildnings around the city are relatively new.
It was when city started facing a downfall in 1929 that it was decided to host the great Ibero-American, or Latin American, Exposition of 1929 and The Universal Exposition of Seville (Expo ’92) in 1992, which also saved the city from depression and economic despair. The two expositions were held to improve the relationship between Spain and the participating countries and resulted in these new constructions and the development of Seville.
On the 20th of April is the 25th anniversary of Expo ’92 on the island of Cartuja, which at the time made a significant impression on the inhabitants and the city of Seville. There are no apartments or houses on the Cartuja island but is a neighbourhood dedicated to technology and science and is nowadays called Cartuja 93. This development was made post Expo ’92 in order to take advantage of the remaining buildings of the exposition. Cartuja 93 specializes in technology, research and education and is today one of the most important technological and scientific parks in southern Europe.
Another development is the the theme and water park Isla Mágica, Magic Island, which was opened in 1997. At the time of the opening, it was the first theme park in the world located in a city. The park’s slogan is “Diversión sin límites” which translates as “Fun without Limits”. Even Seville’s contemporary art museum, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), is situated here on the site of the Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas.
When walking through the area today it almost feels like a ghost town. There are many abandoned buildings, a host of parked cars but not many people around and big avenues without cafés or restaurants. It’s truly as if you’ve travelled in time to a future where nature has started to take over and the people have left. However, about a week ago there was an announcement that around a million Euros will be put in to improve the picture of the old Expo area. Unfortunately, this will not be ready in time for its anniversary. Better late than never.
With the new investments we hope to see the island of Cartuja flourish again and catch up with time.