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The Plaza de Toros de las Ventas or Las Ventas Bullring
is a massive, red brick Mudéjar style building located in Madrid’s Salamanca district, featuring the top matadors from around the world. The Las Ventas is the largest bullring in Spain
and the third largest in the world.
The Spaniards have long been bull-fighting aficionados, especially the residents of Madrid
. During the months of the San Isidro Fiesta, from March until June, the bullfighting season kicks in high gear when bullfights are held every evening.
Las Ventas Architecture
- The Las Ventas Bullring was completed in 1929 by architect Jose Espeliu and inaugurated in 1931, with a match between a matador named Aguililla and a bull named Hortelano to the tunes of España Cañi, traditional Spanish Gypsy music. The Mudéjar style building, decorated with colorful ceramic tiles, is 60 meters in diameter and seats nearly 25,000 people in its massive arena.
The Las Ventas has five gates from which the bulls enter, the most famous gate being, Puerto Grande or Door of Madrid where the victorious matadors make their triumphant exits hoisted on the shoulders of their team members. The Las Ventas also features eight corrals, a full service hospital with two operating rooms to treat injured matadors and a chapel designed by architect Manuel Muñoz Monasterio.
Las Ventas Tours
- Visitors can take a guided tour of the bullring facilities that includes, a tour of the chapel with its magnificent alter depicting the Virgins of La Paloma and Guadalupe, a walk through the ring and the famous Door of Madrid. The Museo Taurino or Bullfighting Museum is located behind the Las Ventas and is worth a visit to see the magnificent Goya painting of a matador.
The bullfighting season runs from March through October. Fights are held nightly during the San Isidro festivities and on Sundays and holidays at the end of the fiesta. Tickets for seats in the sol or sun are cheaper than those in the sombra or shaded areas. Visitors should get ready to wave their white handkerchiefs and yell “Olé!” to cheer on the brave matadors.
Where is Las Ventas Bullring: Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
How to get to Las Ventas Bullring: By Subway to Ventas station, Line 2,5
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