Metropol Parasol, Seville

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Metropol Parasol, popularly known as Incarnation's mushrooms, is an impressive wooden structure in the middle of Seville, the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. Inaugurated in 2011, it has become one of the city's main tourist attractions, reaching one million visitors in its first year.

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Six giant mushroom-shaped parasols inspired by the vaults of Seville Cathedral and the ficus trees in the neighboring Plaza de Cristo de Burgos make up Metropol Parasol. It claims to be the world's largest wooden structure, with dimensions of 150 by 70 meters (490 by 230 feet) and a height of approximately 26 meters (85 feet).

Located on the underground level of Metropol Parasol, the Antiquarium is a museum displaying Roman and Moorish remains found in the area. The panoramic terraces with a restaurant on the topmost levels provide one of the best views of Seville's city center.

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A Bit of History

Since the 19th century, there had been a market in this square, housed in a separate market building. In 1948, according to the plan for the city reconstruction, the building was partially demolished. The market itself was in operation until the complete demolition of the building in 1973.

The land sat idle and unused for almost two decades. In 1990 the city authorities decided to build an underground car park with space for an above-ground market. However, during the construction process, some ancient ruins there discovered, and the project remained unfinished. 

In 2004, the city attempted to rebuild the site again and announced an international competition to complete the construction. Jürgen Mayer, a German architect from Berlin, won the competition. Construction began in summer 2005 and finished in spring 2011. The structure cost almost 100 million euros in total. Its exterior, location and cost still cause public controversy.

Metropol Parasol in Pictures

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How to Get to Metropol Parasol

Located at Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville's old quarter, Metropol Parasol is within easy reach of the city's principal tourist attractions: the Cathedral, the Alcázar, the Torre del Oro, the City Hall, the Palace of San Telmo, and the Archivo General de Indias. 

Address: Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Seville

Public Transportation

Bus (lines 27, 32, A7): Laraña (Plaza Encarnación)
Tram (T1): Plaza Nueva

Renting a Car 

If you do not have your vehicle in Spain, renting a car will save time and allow you to travel comfortably from one fascinating place to another. The best site to book a car in Seville is DiscoverCars.com, a leader in online car rental reservations. They compare car rental deals from many companies so that you can choose which is best for your trip.

Visiting Metropol Parasol

The waffle-like crown structure has four levels. On the upper level, a walkway and panoramic terrace cover its main area. Inside the central parasols, which stand 22 meters / 72 feet tall, you will find a tapas restaurant and event space.

Designed to host various activities, a spacious, airy, and shady square (Plaza Mayor) is beneath the parasols. On the ground floor, there are several shops and eateries, also Mercado de la Encarnación market.

Finally, 5 meters / 16 feet below street level is the Antiquarium, an archaeological museum that displays the remains of a Roman settlement, including Roman mosaics and houses from the first century. Later generations, such as the Moors, built their homes on top of this settlement.

Metropol Parasol Opening Hours

April to October
Monday–Sunday: 9:30 am to 01:30 am; final access 30 minutes before closing.

November to March 
Monday–Sunday: 9:30 am to 10:30 pm; final access 30 minutes before closing.

Metropol Parasol Tickets & Prices

Mirador Day (includes a visit to viewing platform & app)
General rate: 5€
Persons with 33 percent disability, large families, groups of 20 pax: 4€ 
Children up to 5 years, persons with 75 percent disability, and all born or residents registered in Seville: free

Mirador Night (includes access to viewpoint platform, Light Show Aurora & app)
General rate: 10€
Persons with 33 percent disability, large families, groups of 20 pax: 8€ 
All born or residents registered in Seville: 5€ (free admission on Mondays)
Children up to 5 years, persons with 75 percent disability and a companion: free

For skip-the-line tickets to Metropol Parasol, you might want to book a Setas de Sevilla virtual guided tour on Viator, a TripAdvisor company. Thanks to this tour, the outlook becomes a window to the past, allowing for a unique experience.

Accommodation in Seville

On Booking.com, you can book almost 2,000 homes, apartments, and other unique places to stay in Seville.

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According to this online travel agency for lodging reservations, Hotel Gravina 51, H10 Casa de la Plata, and Hotel Kivir are some of the most favorite hotels in Andalusia's capital city.

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8 comments

  1. Wow! I've never heard of or seen pictures of the Metropol Parasol before. I love the design and the story behind it It kind of reminds me of the Eiffel Tower in that the locals weren't too excited about it but somehow it still became a tourist attraction.

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  2. I have never heard of the Metropol Parasol before, but it is beautiful. I like how people can walk on top of it and see the whole skyline of the city. I am sure that is a great sight to see at sunset.

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  3. We had a busy few days in Seville but I was very sad we missed the Metropol Parasol. I never knew it as actually made of wood. But your pics show clearly the fascinating wood structure. I would definitely go up tot he top level for a panoramic view. Next time for sure! Linda (LD Holland)

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  4. Wow what a beautiful piece of architecture. So interesting. Its amazing how one can find such amazing things. I had never heard of Metropol Parasol before and now I want to surely visit it when I am in Seville. Can't believe the structure has four levels. It will be awesome to walk on the structure.

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  5. The Metropol Parasol looks incredible! What's more, visitors can walk 'in and on' it, and there's a tapas restaurant and event space inside. That's really cool!

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  6. I've been to Seville a couple of times - unfortunately always in Summer when we were literally frying in the streets. I assume that we would have found shelter under this amazing parasol?! I'm planning on going back to Spain asap, hence, I'll check this site out.

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  7. I love Seville, and I visit this city a lot because my friend lives there. Metropol Parasol is one of my favorite places. Very interesting architecturally with a wonderful panorama of the city. Great tips for visitors.

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  8. I remember seeing the Metropol Parasol in Seville but it was not one of the places I had planned on visiting. I happened to cross it and I remember thinking about how the architecture was unique and interesting. But I had no clue that there was a way to actually visit it, and go up for panoramic views. That's really cool to know!

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