- The country today and its role in the discovery, colonization and independence of the Americas are portrayed in three attached buildings which enclose a rich collection of exhibition halls, restaurants and dinner patios. Featured are masterpieces of Spanish art, old and new; historical objects and documents; products of great Spanish designers and craftsmen; triumphs of the Spanish kitchen, and a theater with a constantly changing program of concerts, dance groups, film festivals and fashion shows.
- * Admission: 25 cents to pavilion; art gallery, $1.00; theater prices vary.
- THE WELCOME FIGURE. A six-foot statue of Isabel la Catolica, first Queen of a united Spain and patron of Columbus, stands in front of the pavilion. It was cast in bronze by sculptor Jose Luis Sanchez.
- THE GREAT IRON GATE. A sliding gate, 27 feet long and 5 feet high, guarding the entrance to the pavilion, provides a dramatic, abstract example by sculptor Amadeo Gabino of Spain's celebrated wrought-iron work.
- HISTORICAL HALL. Giant, semi-abstract murals by Joaquin Vaquero Turcios, depicting Spanish faith, culture and the evangelization of the Americas, decorate the walls of this room in the pavilion. Documents and objects relating to Columbus' voyages to the New World are on exhibit.
- THE THEATER. A Fair-long program of folk dancing, ballet, films, flamenco dancers and singers has been arranged.
- THE SPAIN OF LEGEND. Outside Historical Hall hangs la Tizona, the battle sword of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, the 11th Century Christian warrior known as El Cid.
- A NATION'S ART TREASURES. Priceless works of art, many never before shown outside of Spain, are on exhibit in three sections of the pavilion.
- ¶ Museum of Masterpieces. Paintings by four immortal artists are on display: El Greco (represented by Knight with Hand on Christ); Goya (La Maja Vestida, La Maja Desnuda); Velazques (Pablo de Valladolid); Zurbaran (Santa Dorotea).
- ¶ Gallery of Contemporary Art. Each month a new exhibit of outstanding contemporary Spanish art is held in the gallery. Painting by such great figures as Picasso, Miro, Dali and Gris are on permanent display.
- ¶ Hall of Sacred Art. Modern and traditional religious art and objects show the unbroken course of Spain's Catholic heritage. One wall is a stained-glass window, 45 feet wide by 6 feet high, created by Manuel Molezun.
- SPAIN IN CLOSEUP. Upstairs in the pavilion is a detailed look at the nation today. Displays cover a variety of products both handcrafted and manufactured, including women's high fashions, hunting and fishing gear, children's toys and a model home. Seven kiosks behind the pavilion sell delicacies and souvenirs.
- RESTAURANTS. There are three. One is a marisqueria, or outdoor seafood bar. The Granada serves traditional Spanish food in an informal setting. The Toledo is a de luxe restaurant featuring international cuisine; Both the Toledo and the Granada are under the direction of the renowned Cortes of Madrid's Jockey and Club 31 restaurants.
In a striking modern pavilion, the atmosphere of old Spain forms a setting for great art, fine dining and entertainment.
Spain's role in the early history of the Americas and its continuing influence on art and design are reflected in a building designed by architect Javier Carvajal. Exhibit halls are interspersed with patios and restaurants. Fashion shows, concerts and Spanish cuisine add to the Iberian atmosphere.
- WELCOMING QUEEN. A statue of Isabel la Catolica, first Queen of a united Spain and patron of Columbus, stands in front of the pavilion. The six-foot bronze figure is by sculptor Jose' Luis Sanchez.
- IRON WORK. At the entrance an immense wrought-iron sliding gate by Amadeo Gabino dramatizes in abstract form an ancient Spanish art.
- HISTORIC HALL. Giant murals by Joaquin Vaquero Turcious depict Spanish faith, culture and the evangelization of the Americas. Documents relating to Columbus' voyages are displayed.
- THEATER. Changing shows include flamenco dancing, ballet, guitar recitals and documentary films.
- ART TREASURES. Among the items some of which have never before been shown abroad, are priceless Romanesque treasurers and works by the great contemporary Spanish artists Picasso, Miro' and Dali, as well as paintings by young Spaniards. Sacred works of art include a 45-foot-long stained-glass window by Manuel Molezun.
- SPAIN AT WORK. Clothes, home furnishings, toys and fishing gear are among the displays of contemporary Spanish products.
- RESTAURANTS. A walled garden cafe and bar offers seafood and light refreshment. The larger Granada restaurant serves traditional Spanish food. The de luxe Toledo features continental cuisine.
- ¶ Admission: 25 cents to the pavilion; 50 cents to the art gallery; theater prices vary depending on programs.