When a traveler arrives at the Santa Justa train station in Seville and is about to leave it, they can quickly notice a connection between Seville and Kansas City.
Kansas City and Seville they are “Sister Cities”, forming part of the International Sister Cities Program. This explains why, when leaving the Santa Justa station in Seville, travelers take Kansas City Avenue.
The Seville – Kansas City connection is not limited to the name of an avenue. The link is even more visual in its shared architecture.
Replica of the Giralda in Seville and the fountain in the Plaza Virgen de los Reyes in Kansas City.
The country club plaza mallalso known simply as The Plaza and housing up to 18 buildings, in the south of Kansas City (Missouri, United States), it was developed in 1922 as the the first shopping center in the country that gave its customers the possibility of arriving and parking their car. JC Nichols, the developer, had the vision to create a plan for a combined commercial and residential area, selecting a Spanish architectural theme for the area that would include courtyards, tile facades, stucco buildings, and numerous fountains (it is said that only Rome has more fountains than Kansas City).
Image at street level of Country Club Plaza.
Prominent features in the Country Club Plaza area are two of Seville’s landmarks: the Giralda tower and Plaza Virgen de los Reyes.
Country Club Plaza, “The Plaza”, in Kansas City under the snow.
The Giralda of Seville It was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period in Spain. It was later modified with a touch of Renaissance style to serve as the bell tower of the Cathedral of Sevillerising to 104.1 meters high.
West 47th Street, Kansas City, United States.
The replica of Kansas City, meanwhile, has a height of 42 meters and is located at a major and busy intersection in Kansas City, 6 kilometers from downtown.