While walking through the old town of Seville, the modern “Setas”, or “Mushrooms”, stood out in Plaza de la Encarnación. In 2004, the city of Seville held a contest to see who could build the best structure to house the Roman ruins. Jürgen Mayer H won this contest and built Las Setas. Before this masterpiece was constructed, the people of Seville did not want this modern structure to ruin the culture. However, Las Setas is now one of the most visited sites in the city of Seville. Before going up to the top of the largest wooden structure, we visited the market and Roman ruins at the base. After visiting the sites on the ground, we made our way to the top.
While wandering on the paths many of us were nervous because some of the wood shook beneath our feet. When we arrived at the top, we walked from seta to seta and admired the panoramic views. From the top, we were able to see the Catedral de Sevilla, the suburban towns, downtown Seville, and the major river in the city. It was the most beautiful view in the entire city. After a walk around the top, we stopped in a restaurant in the setas for a snack. We were so excited to have been able to see such an amazing structure, and this is now one of our favorite spots in the city.
– The above post and photos were contributed by Alicia Cantu, Jordan Thomas, and Emily Loncarich who visited las setas when they studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain with ISA High School in 2014.