Metropol Parasol

Top choice landmark in Seville

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Since opening in 2011, the opinion-dividing Metropol Parasol, known locally as Las Setas (The Mushrooms), has become something of a city icon. Designed as a giant sunshade by German architect Jürgen Mayer H, it's said to be the world's largest wooden structure; it's certainly a formidable sight with its 30m-high mushroom-like pillars and undulating honeycombed roof. Lifts run up from the basement to the top, where you can enjoy killer city views from a winding walkway and cafe.

The building, six years in the making, covers a former dead zone in Seville’s central district once filled with an ugly car park. Roman ruins discovered during its construction have been cleverly incorporated into its foundations and are now on show at the Museo Antiquarium in the basement below the plaza. The structure also houses the local neighbourhood food market; several cafes and tapas bars; and an open-air event space, also popular with skateboarders who use the base of the mushrooms' pillars as ramps.