Las Ventas of Madrid!!!

Coming right alone , are you with me? It will be several posts on my beloved Madrid coming in the next few days. A bounty of goodness for me and hopefully can be share right with you all. Madrid to heaven and a hole on the sky to look down on it every day!

One of the cultural and historic icon of the city is the Las Ventas bullfight arena (aka Monumental). I came here often while living not far over the M30 ring road and do visit for the memories and to show my young men more about Spain. As I have written before on it with photos will just recap here and post new photos.

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The inaugural poster dates back to 1931. A replica is found in the Puerta Grande ( big entrance gate). On that occasion, eight matadors took part in the first bullfight of Las Ventas on June 16. However, the official opening was in 1934. In 1947 Livinio Stuyck created the San Isidro Fair coinciding with the patron’s Saint day. It is, at present, the fair with the greatest number of celebrations.

Las Ventas is the name given to the bullring in Madrid because it was called the area in which it is located (with metro stop Ventas line 2 and 5). It currently has a capacity for 23,798 spectators, although 23,624 tickets are available at the box office. It is the largest bullring in Spain and the third largest in the world, behind Mexico and Valencia (Venezuela). The round arena of Las Ventas is the second largest in the world in terms of diameter, with 60 meters, behind that of Ronda (Spain). It was built in Neo-mudéjar style, with metal structure and brick façade.

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The locations are distributed in 10 lines, grouped into three zones: shadow zone, consisting of lines 9, 10, 1 and 2; sun zone, consisting of lines 4, 5, 6 and 7; zone of sun and shade, composed of lines 3 and 8. These lines are divided in turn into locations of high and low lines, stands and barrage. The most expensive and the cheapest are the shadow entrances, the price decreases as they move away from the ring. The building consists of four floors, with circular galleries that lead to the different locations. More info below

Official Las Ventas bullfight arena Madrid

There is also a nice  Museo Taurino or Bullfighting Museum at the back, inaugurated on May 15, 1951 coinciding with the festival of San Isidro Labrador, patron of the city. Located in the Patio de Caballos offers its visitors a coherent and attractive set of bullfighting history and its relevance in the history of Spain and its culture. Indeed for those confused it should be visited, and for the lovers is a must. More here from the Madrid tourist office:  Tourist office of Madrid on the Museo Taurino

In addition, it has three cultural rooms: the Antonio Bienvenida Room, the Antoñete Room and the Cossío Room, which also houses a library with more than 2,000 volumes. In them exhibitions and informative acts take place throughout the season.

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Las Ventas bullring can be visited every day from 10h to 17h30. Except for the days of celebration that the access is closed four hours before the celebration. The tour includes a visit to the Bullfighting Museum , the Grid Gate, Chapel, Nursing Hall, Alley and Arena. There is also an audio guide tour available in 8 languages (Spanish, Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese).More info here in English: Official Las Ventas tours

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Another dandy place to visit in my beloved Madrid. More info on the tourist office here: Tourist office of Madrid on Las Ventas Monumental arena Madrid

And there you go, another dandy and we came by to do some historical architectural talk with my sons and had a nice lunch nearby, but that is later. Hope you enjoy it as we do

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers!!!

 

 

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