Plaza de España (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
Plaza de España (Spain Square), is the largest square in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Canary Islands (Spain). The square is located in the centre of town, 1.4 km north of the Auditorio de Tenerife.
This square is considered one of the "main squares" of the island of Tenerife, together with the Plaza del Cristo de La Laguna in San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias in Candelaria.
The Plaza of Spain is surrounded by the Palacio Insular de Tenerife, the Palacio de la Carta and the Plaza de la Candelaria. In the centre of the square stands the Monumento a los Caídos (a tribute to the fallen in the Spanish Civil War).
The square was built in 1929 on the historic Castillo de San Cristóbal, a bastion for defending the island of piracy, currently there are only a few walls of the original building on display in an underground tunnel under the square. Recently the square was refurbished by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
In popular culture
In 2015, the fifth of the film "The Bourne Identity" was filmed in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. To do this, the city was especially set to simulate the Greek cities of Athens and Piraeus. The Plaza de España was set to represent Syntagma Square of Athens.
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