The Metropol Parasol is a marvel of modern architecture, a colossal wooden structure located in Seville's old quarter. It consists of six linked parasols and is known locally as Las Setas, or The Mushrooms, for its unusual form. The striking building holds shops, a market, an open-air space for concerts and a basement filled with Roman archeological ruins.
Taking 5 years to build, the Metropol Parasol was completed in 2011. It has breathed life into an area once used as a parking lot, while the timber lattice parasols provide much-needed shade. Appreciate this as you become familiar with Seville’s very hot summers.
Go inside and browse the stores and the market. Find stalls selling fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat and jewelry. Stop for refreshments or a meal in one of the building's bars or restaurants.
Venture into the basement to view the Roman and Moorish remains in the Antiquarium. They were discovered in 2003 when the area was being excavated to build a parking area. See Roman houses from the 2nd to the 6th century, mosaic floors and large fish salting vats from the 1st century. One of the prominent features among the ruins is a mosaic of Medusa, a monster from Greek mythology who had snakes instead of hair.
Take the elevators next to the museum up to the rooftop Mirador for some of the best views of the city. Walkways twist along the roof and at their highest point are 94 feet (28 meters) above the ground.
The Metropol Parasol is located in the center of Seville on the Plaza de la Encarnación. Reach it by public transportation or drive and pay to park at the garage on Calle Sor Angela de la Cruz. The Mirador and the Archeological Museum have separate charges and operate different opening hours. For details, visit the Metropol Parasol’s official website.