The famous arena of Sevilla. You can follow a guided tour, but I only visited the outside.
White, yellow and red are the main colours of the building.
You can assist more or less 40 corridas a year in Sevilla, mainly between Easter and October, on Sunday.
La Real Maestranza of Seville is the oldest in the history of bullfighting. It took more that a century to build. Construction began in 1761, on the remains of a former bullring (a square plaza made of wood). It was finished in 1881, by Juan Talavera de la Vega, but before that many architects had put their work in it. Aníbal González completed the annexe house to the bullring, which is now the central office of the society of the Maestranza in 1928.
The bullring is oval, which is not normal, most bullrings are round. If you want to know more about the bullring you can visit on a tour. A guide will tell you about the bullring, the 4 gates, and then take you to the hospitalroom and the museum. The museum has 4 rooms each representing another time. It is a short visit (around 20 minutes in total) and you should not expect very much.
Open: 9:30-14:00 and 15:00 - 19:00
Bullfighting in Spain is more than just the act of the inevitable. It is pure Spanish tradition with ceremony, pomp and circumstance, and even the romanticism related to this cultural event. Even if you don't agree with bullfighting, a visit to Sevilla's bullring, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, is worth it for the architecture and to get a perspective about what entails a bullfight and to get some history. The tours (5 euros) are offered every 30 minutes and are in English and Spanish. The tour includes a walk through the more interesting portions of the facility (including the infirmary and the chapel) plus a nicely done museum.
This bullring and the one in Madrid (Las Ventas) are the most important ones in Spain (well Ronda one is the oldest if I am not wrong)
Is close to Torre del Oro at the promenade of the river Guadalquivir
For me this was a real highlight of my trip, I didn't get to see a bull fight but I did get a tour of the facility and the museum and it gave me a great feel for the experience. I would really like to return for the atmosphere that must revolve around these events.
The Maestranza Bullring of Seville, dating from 1761 to 1881, has a Baroque facade in white and ochre. The tendidos altos (high seats) are covered by a roof which is supported by arcs on marble columns.
The Maestranza bullring of Seville is regarded, together with Las Ventas in Madrid, as one of the top venues for bullfighting in Spain, accomodating as many as 12,500 spectators.
I have a link to my travelogue where you can get some more pictures of the facility and the museum within the building. I enjoyed learning more about history and how many great matadors ended their lives it seemed!
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This ARENA is sutuated on the Pase de Cristobol Colón (Christopher Columbus Promenade.
It is also known by the name of FLEA MARKET SQUARE because the bull ring was built on the site where the flea market was once held, that is where sailors and travellers exchanged pledges...
The Real Maestranza, which owns the square, is a noble corporation founded by King Charles II in 1670 with the name of Real Maestranza de la Cavaleria.
The noblest and most influential families in Seville were members of the corporation. Its aim was to protect the chivalry and military codes.
In the 18th Century was authorized by the King to build a bull ring. The architect was Vincente San Martin who started building in 1761.
I had a guided tour here and for more photos you have to go to my TRAVELOGUES....
There is a lot to be seen inside such as the CHAPEL, the place where the bull fighters say their last praying before it all starts.
There is also a museum and....an EMERGENCY room where an operating table is ready for those who get wounded by the bull......
Lots of mementos and also a nice shop for souvenirs....
Worthy of a visit....seeing the ring filled with the wonderful ochre sand under the deep-blue skies with the hot sun above makes it all very special and exciting a place...
It was built in the XVIII century and is one of the oldest in the country. Its audience has room for 12,500 people.
It’s open from Monday to Saturday 10-13.30. Well, of course I was late and didn’t have a chance to go inside... sigh.
Outside the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is a statue of Curro Romero, famous matadore of Spain. Curro Romera was the professional name of Francisco Romero Lopez. He was born in 1933 in Camas, near Seville. After 42 years of fighting bulls, he retired at 66 after becoming one of the longest performing bullfighters in history.
Although I don't like bullfighting, the Museo Taurino is really beautiful. A guide will describe the plaza de toros, showing where the bull enters, where the torero enters, and the basic information about the building. Then you enter the rooms inside, full of paintings and objects used by toreros, and the guide tells you about romantic stories of toros, toreros and mujeras.
Even if I don't find so enjoyable the bullfighting, listening to the guide I had to admit that it's an important part of their culture.
Seville's famous bullring with its 116 asymmetrical balconies dates from 18th century. This was just a short walk from our hotel and was our first landmark. Out is a statue of one of Sevilla' s most famous bullfighters and inside you can vist its museum if you wish.
Visits Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m, Sundays and Holidays closed
The bronzed statue of Pepe Luis Vazques was placed in front of the Plaza de Toros of the Real Maestranza in 2003 only a short distance from another well known matador, Curro Romero. He was born in 1921 as Jose Luis Garces Vazques, into a neighbourhood known as being ‘the district of bullfighters’. He was the leading Matador of Spain during the 1940’s. The sculpture was created by Alberto Franco.
The 18th century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza took several decades to finally complete. Featuring its Baroque façade, it has become one of the most popular venues in Spain for watching bullfighting. Instead of a round arena, it is actually shaped in an oval. The season starts with the Feria de Abril (Fair of April) and continues through to September.
Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-7.00pm.
A few buildings were added to the original Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza including a museum, which has been added to the original building and has posters, memorabilia and statues of well known bullfighters. A chapel or capilla was also added.
Unfortunately a Christmas Trip to Spain will mean you can't catch a Bull Fight. The Bull Fighting Season runs from Easter to October. In the off season you can still visit the ring for a tour. See the actual ring, the infirmary, historical museum and the horse stables.
Open every day from 0930-1900
Tours are in Spanish and English
Admission cost 4,00 Euro (3,20 for seniors)
The statue to Bizet’s Carmen is found near the Maestranza Bullring. Carmen was Merimee’s feisty gypsy heroine who worked as a cigarrera in the tobacco factory. Bizet built his famous opera around the story which was set in 1830.