MADRID.PLAZA TORO LAS VENTAS. Part 1 – The Pageantry

The home of bullfighting in Spain, and arguably in the world as well, is at Plaza Toros Las Ventas in Madrid. The architect who designed it was José Espeliú. He employed a Neo-Mudéjar style, one that was popularised by the Arabic Moors of the 12th century. This gives the structure a more ancient look than it actually is. -www.gomadrid.com
Plaza Toros Las Ventas is the third largest bullring in the world. The largest is the Plaza de Toros México in Mexico City, and the second largest is Plaza de Toros Monumental de Valencia in Venezuela. Plaza Toros Las Ventas is of course the largest bullring in Spain. It can seat 25,000 people and it measures an impressive 60 metres in diameter. -www.gomadrid.com
Bullfighting traces its roots to prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice in Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean region. -Wikipedia
In medieval Spain bullfighting was considered a noble sport and reserved to the rich, who could afford to supply and train their animals. -Wikipedia
Empty seats before the start of the bullfight.

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Stucture: The modern corrida is highly ritualized, with three distinct stages or tercios (“thirds”); the start of each being announced by a bugle sound. – Wikipedia
The participants enter the arena in a parade, called the paseíllo, to salute the presiding dignitary, accompanied by band music. -www.gomadrid.com
The Dignitaries.

 

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A picador is a bullfighter who uses a special lance called pica while on horseback to test the bull’s strength and to provide clues to the matador on which side the bull is favouring. -Wikipedia

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Bullfighting on foot became a means for poor, able-bodied men to achieve fame and fortune, similar to the role of boxing in many countries. When asked why he risked his life, one famous torero reportedly answered, Más cornadas da el hambre (“[There is] more goring from hunger”). Today, it is common for a bullfighter to be born into a family of bullfighters. -Wikipedia
The first bull to rush out onto the new bullring floor was one called Hortelano. -www.gomadrid.com
A bullfighter nicknamed “Aguililla” was the first to face the bull. -www.gomadrid.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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