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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  • speaking of Toro and male cattle that is. It is a Memorial of the old Bullring. Currently the bullfighting Museum; Buildings are built in the neomdehal style. The hotel is bull and Matador costumes or cow stuffed animal exhibits.
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  • Many people will miss this attraction. While people may pass it while walking around Barcelona, it isn't immediately obvious that this building is open as an attraction. It opens a little later in the...  more »
  • Worth the visit for the beautiful building in Arabic style! We don't get to visit the Museum did you enjoyed bullfights. No big deal
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  • 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 worst 6€ I've spent. The "museum" if you can call it that, looks like someones garage of old belongings. And get ready for the lovely man at reception, a pleasure to talk to
  • there ist not much to see here, but as there are mostly few visitors you have got the chance to stand alone in the middle of the bullring, which is a unique experience
  • Old bullfighting arena. Fun to see if you are in the neighborhood.
  • Beautiful building preserved to allow visitors to be transported into a bygone time before the Catalans banned bullfighting