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The Ghosts of Maria Luisa Park in Seville

Ghosts and Legends of Maria Luisa Park

In the heart of the city of Seville we find a beautiful green corner, a sample of the whim of Nature where a thousand and one species of plants and emotions coexist. The beautiful Maria Luisa Park is a place with as much history as it is mysterious.

At one time it was part of the San Telmo Palace and the private gardens of the Infanta María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón, then Duchess of Montpensier. In 1893 she gave them to the old Híspalis. The time made that different reforms of different nature were made, reforms that gave to the park corners that go from the romantic style of the gardens of the Alhambra and the Sevillian Alcazares to the most recent and of the taste of the time.

In 1914 they were extended and on the occasion of the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 the emblematic Plaza de España was built, designed by the architect Aníbal González; the Parque de maría Luisa and all its surroundings were declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and is, today, one of the favourite places for Sevillians.

But a series of apparitions and strange phenomena also take place within it. According to witnesses, these are manifestations of ghosts, with a lady in white walking through the gardens, sobbing and crying. It is not just any ghost, it is an illustrious aristocrat, or perhaps they are illustrious because there are two apparitions that could correspond to the Infanta Luisa Fernanda de Borbón herself, Consort of Spain between 1679 and 1689 when she married Carlos II and also of the ghost of Queen Maria Mercedes, so linked to Seville and married to the monarch Alfonso XII – Maria de las Mercedes is that Sevillian ghost that everyone longs for in the history of the city, had a great love for plants and gardens, relating this apparition with his unfortunate person.

If you visit the Park do not forget to pay tribute to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in his gazebo, you will be moved. Curiously, the María Luis Park is very close to the San Telmo Palace, today the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía, where there are also manifestations from the beyond, such as in the beautiful Plaza de España with the evocation of its towers, its Renaissance vestiges, the fineness of its ceramics, the wrought iron of its windows, the wooden coffering of its ceilings; Everything has a place in this incredible space where there are doors that open and close or where the soldiers of the Captaincy have seen the ghost of an old inhabitant wandering around who still seems to be waiting for the return of a golden age that left to never return.

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