Santiponce Itálica

Heritage

An immense legacy waiting to be discovered

Plaza Nueva

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In 1931, the Republican City Council agreed to replace the cross in the Square, known as “Cruz del Gato”, with sculptures and renovate the well and basin. 

The “Los Colegios” was opened in 1932 and expanded in 1960. In the 1980s, given the School’s poor state of repair and existence of more modern schools, the buildings were demolished to create a beautifully landscaped square and a suitable place for socialisation. 

Today, the prominent features of this Square are the old well and the sculpture in honour of La Niña de la Puebla, the work of M. García Delgado, unveiled in the early 1990s. It is designed as a children’s playground and a bio-healthy park for physical exercise. 

Concerning the vegetation, eye-catching Judas trees frame the whole Square and contribute to its picturesque appearance, particularly with their naked trunks and branches sprinkled with pink flowers. The mimosas, also commonly called acacias, also feature prominently with their fragile leaves and fragrant blossoms. The oldest specimens are the thorny honey locusts that already existed when the School was here. People commonly call them carob trees due to its pod-shaped fruit that resembles those of the carob tree. 

The house where La Niña de La Puebla was born is opposite this Square. A commemorative plaque on its façade reads:     

"On the Plaza Nueva, in La Puebla,    
the daughter of Casamia was born,    
the light that was lacking in her eyes    
illuminated Andalusia.”    

This is a beautiful and pleasant spot, well-appreciated by the local people due to its history and location.

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