Monumental Bullring of Barcelona, Barcelona

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The Plaza Monumental de Barcelona, often known simply as La Monumental, was a bullring in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last bullfighting arena in commercial operation in Catalonia. It was inaugurated in 1914 under the name Plaza de El Sport and was immediately expanded and renamed in 1916 with its current name. It is situated at the confluence of the Gran Via and Carrer Marina (Marina Street) in the Eixample district. It had a capacity of 19,582 within 26 rows of lines, boxes, and bleachers on the first floor inside and a superior barrage surrounding the building.It was the last place in Catalonia where bullfights were held, since the Parliament of Catalonia passed a law banning bullfighting events on 28 July 2010 that came into force in 2012.It is owned by the Balañá family, who placed it under the control of the Casa Matilla, an organisation which manages a number of bullrings. The plaza is currently used for sporting, musical and circus events,The building originally had a noucentista architectural style, the work of Manuel Joaquim Raspall i Mayol. The expansion work was done by Ignasi Mas i Morell and Domènec Sugrañes i Gras to give it its current facade, strongly influenced by Mudéjar and Byzantine architecture. It is one of the larger public arenas in Barcelona, with a capacity of 19,582 for bullfights or about 25,000 for events such as rock concerts (using part of the ring for spectators).
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  • It costs about 3 euros to enter. If you are passing through and have curiosity among. But there's not much to see, it's like the mattresses of the Park of the pawn of Barretos. In addition, there is a small museum that has exposed the evolution of costumes of the bullfighters.
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  • I went to my first and inky bull fight when I was 14. I was enamoured with the spectacle. The romanticism of a single man entering the ring standing against a 1000 lb (or more) angry animal. But, alas...  more »
  • En route from the Sagrada Familia to Barri Gotic we came across this fun museum. Super enthusiastic staff and wonderful architecture! Not very large but also not expensive. Adults and children €5 €6,-,-. You may, as stables, in the arena and the stands. Bull heads, and the very first garments up to and including the most recent. Nice but not too much of it.
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  • In the Navy, went there in 1966 to the bull fights. All afternoon there was bull fighting. Saw matadors face the bulls, some of them rode horses. What I remember from that day was the bulls. If they fought they were killed. If the bull didn't fight he embarrassed the matador, and was coaxed out of the arena by steers and as soon as the gate was close he was killed by multiple spear wounds, by men assigned to that task who stabbed down in the chute I had to have seen at least 20 contests that day and if that is a correct number then the final score was Matadors 20: Bulls 0. The four stars do not represent my opinion of bullfighting. It's just to say that I was there way back when. But even to the novice after about a half dozen contests it was clear the bulls never had a chance. Because I was part of a tour for the sailors I couldn't up and leave. So all afternoon, one after the other, one after the other...........and no place to run.
  • Took a piece of history and turned into into a living piece of shore that you can walk through. I wish theyd open up the bull waiting area.
  • Quite overpriced and seems like it's not really looked after properly but really interesting to see.
  • I didn't pay to go in, but it's an impressive example of the Mudéjar style, not so common in this part of Spain. Obviously influenced Dali too, if you've ever seen his museum in Figueras.
  • The old arena for toaders battles in the bad state because they have not served this purpose for years.

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