Expo 92 in Seville was a universal exhibition held in 1992 in the city of Seville. It lasted 6 months, starting on 20 April and ending on 12 October, a date which coincided with the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America, and its slogan, related to this event, was “The Age of Discoveries”.
This exhibition also coincided with the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona, so that both events meant a very important cultural and tourist enhancement for our country, which was reflected after the arrival of millions of visitors to the Andalusian city, which was placed on the international map as never before.
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History of the Expo 92 Seville pavilions
To reflect on the history of this exhibition, we have to go back to 1981, when we find that the delegation from the United States of America had asked to hold a Universal Exposition in Chicago to commemorate the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of America, the place where the World Columbian Exposition had been held several years earlier, in 1983. Spain was to join in presenting this candidacy for the city of Seville a year later.
In the same year, our neighbouring country, France, also announced its intention to hold a Universal Exposition in Paris in 1989, to commemorate the Second Centenary of the French Revolution; this was ruled out because it was not considered possible to hold two Universal Expositions in less than 10 years.
Subsequently, both the Spanish government and the organisers of Chicago sent a joint petition proposing, for the first time in history, that a Universal Exposition be held in two different venues, Seville and Chicago, which was unanimously approved by the OIE General Assembly.
However, in 1985, the Chicago venue announced its withdrawal from the exhibition due to serious organisational problems, leaving Seville as the only venue to represent the event, which meant a task against the clock to ensure that the event was carried out in the best possible way and of the highest quality.
After the end of the event, almost 30 years later, we can see how the Isla de la Cartuja has gone from being the epicentre of the city to being treated as a technology park. With the passing of the years, there are still abandoned pavilions waiting to be put to some use; however, in this part of the city there are still hidden corners of what was once this important event.
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- The American Garden: Avenida de los Descubrimientos. Visiting hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. Price of the visits: 2 euros. Without a guide it is free.
- Navigation Pavilion: Camino de los Descubrimientos, 2. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 to 19.30, Sundays until 15.00 and Mondays closed (one hour later in summer). Price: 4.90 euros. This pavilion offers enchanting views during the Sevillian night. If you want to learn more about Seville by night; from OwayTours we recommend you to visit our Seville Night Tour; where you can enjoy landscapes like this one, as well as learn about its history and curiosities.
- Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art: Avenida de Américo Vespucio, 2. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 to 21.00, Sundays from 11.00 to 15.00 and closed on Mondays. Prices: 3 euros full visit, 1,80 euros visit to the monument and temporary exhibitions.
- Monaco Pavilion: Although it is currently the headquarters of the company that manages and supplies water to the city of Seville (Emasesa), visits are allowed to what is its most important jewel: the aquarium. Leonardo Da Vinci Avenue. Visits on request.
Through the birth of the Expo Legacy Association, the aim is to safeguard the heritage of what was the 1992 Universal Exposition in Seville.
As we have said before, the science and technology park (PCT) Cartuja currently manages a large part of the space occupied by the Expo, however, it still breathes Expo and its emblematic mascot, the bird “Curro”, is still remembered.
Some of the best preserved areas are:
The Pavilions of Spain, Andalusia, France and Finland, in addition to the magnificent Navigation Pavilion; they have been inscribed by the Andalusian Regional Government several years ago in its catalogue of Andalusian Historical Heritage for their intrinsic value.
Other pavilions that are still in full use are those of Italy, Canada, France and Morocco; where we highlight the latter, which has emerged as the headquarters of the Three Cultures Foundation.
However, places such as the Puerta Triana, with its fountains and pavilions were demolished, thus losing emblematic sites of that time such as the Omnimax cinema.
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How to get to the pavilions of Expo 92 Seville
Despite the recovery of emblematic sites, there are still some unresolved issues, including the improvement of transport links to La Cartuja. From the city, you can get to the Isla de la Cartuja, where the Expo 92 pavilions are located:
- Lines 03, C1, M-111, by bus.
- Lines C1, C3, by train.
- Line L1, by metro.
Bus stations near the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville:
- Américo Vespucio (Louis Braille): 5 min walk.
- Torneo (Puerta de San Juan): 17 min walk.
Light rail station near Isla de la Cartuja in Seville:
- Plaza Nueva: 36 min walk.
Metro stations near Isla de la Cartuja in Seville:
- Puerta de Jerez: 44 min walk.
Curiosities about the pavilions of Expo 92 Seville
- In terms of infrastructure, Seville rose from the ashes by increasing the number of bridges to access the city centre: the SE-30 ring road was built and the first Madrid-Seville AVE high-speed train line was built.
- The Expo was organised in a turbulent international panorama, due to the situation in the USSR, Czechoslovakia and the Gulf War.
- It is remembered as a great invasion of new audiovisual technologies; it is said that people queued for up to 7 hours to see a film shown in the Canadian pavilion.
- On 31 May of the same year (1992), World No Tobacco Day was celebrated, making the entire exhibition site smoke-free.
- Such was the magnitude of this event in our country that a special edition of commemorative coins (pesetas) was created.
- During the 6 months that the exhibition lasted, it was possible to take part in numerous competitions and lotteries, as many pavilions and private companies held daily draws.
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