This landmark square, abloom with flowers, shade trees, and exquisite fountains, represents city planning at its best. It houses a trio of pavilions left over from the 1929 Expo. The center holds government offices; on either side are minor museums worth visiting if you have time to spare.
The Museo Arqueológico Provincial (tel. 95-478-64-74) contains many artifacts from prehistoric times and the days of the Romans, Visigoths, and Moors. It’s open September to June Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 8:30pm, and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm; in July it’s open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm; in August it’s open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Admission is 1.50€ for adults and free for E.U. residents and students. Buses 30, 31, and 34 stop there. Nearby is the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (tel. 95-471-23-91; www.museosdeandalucia.es). In a Mudéjar pavilion opposite the Museo Arqueológico, this is Sevilla’s folklore museum. The ground floor displays artifacts of traditional occupations, including a forge, a baker’s oven, a wine press, and a tanner’s shop. The ceramics collection on this floor is first-rate. The upstairs is devoted to fashion and costumes, including court dress of the 19th century and embroideries from the factories of Sevilla. It’s open September to June Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 8:30pm, and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm; July to August Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 3:30pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is 1.50€ for adults, free to E.U. residents and students.