Las Arenas – Bullring Turned Shopping Centre and Viewpoint

Tourists line the viewing platform of the Las Arenes bullring turned shopping mall in Barcelona

The Las Arenas de Barcelona bullring was inaugurated in 1900 and was the second of 3 bullfighting rings built in Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect August Font i Carreras, the plaza had a capacity for nearly 15,000 spectators. During the 1970s, as bullfighting became less popular, the arena faced declining attendance and finally closed in …

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La Monumental – Bullring and Bullfighting Museum

Plaza de Toros Monumental bullring, Barcelona

The Plaza de Toros Monumental¬†was built in 1914 and is the world’s only Art-Nouveau bullring. It was the last active bullring in Catalonia and finally closed in 2011 when bullfighting was banned by the Parliament of Catalonia. The building now houses a small bullfighting museum. Visiting the La Monumental Bullring I’ve never been to a …

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