To watch a bull fight, or not to watch a bullfight. That’s a question on many travelers minds when visiting Spain. On one hand there are issues with animal rights and watching ‘unnecessary violence’, on the other, bullfighting is a highly regarded part of Spanish culture and has been for centuries. Unsure of my own stand on the issue, I decided to visit the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza (Bullfighting Museum) in Seville to gain more knowledge on the subject.
The museum is located next to one of the oldest and most important bullrings in the world, and uses the ring as a jump off point of their tour. The ring seats 14,00 spectators and has impressive acoustics, allowing you to hear everything from any spot in the arena.
Inside, there is a small but interesting museum featuring artwork, costumes, posters and memorabilia from the 18th century until now.You also visit the chapel where fighters pray before entering the ring, and an infirmary. It was a fantastic tour, and although I never ended up watching a bullfight, I was glad to learn more about this important part of Spanish culture. I highly recommend a visit.
Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
Entrance by guided tour only (in English and Spanish), every 20 minutes, lasts 20 minutes. Open daily 9.30am-7 pm, except on bullfighting days until 3pm. Cost: 4 Euros
Tickets for bullfights cost from around 8 to 70 euro, from the taquilla (ticket office), open Saturday and Sunday only.
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