Seville, Spain

The Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is a 12,000-capacity bullring in Seville, Spain. During the annual Seville Fair in Seville, it is the site of one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals in the world. It is a part of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, a noble guild established for traditional cavalry training.

Construction began in 1749 of a circular ring on Baratillo Hill to replace the rectangular bullring that was previously located there. In 1761, the construction began to incorporate ochavas (each ochava being equivalent to four arches). The inner facade of the plaza (Palco del Príncipe) was completed in 1765. This 'box' consists of two parts: the access gate through which the successful bullfighters exit, and the theater box itself, which is reserved for the exclusive use of the Spanish Royal Family. The topmost part is composed of four arches over which is built a half-orange vault, whose topmost portion is covered by white and blue tiles. The sculptural group that concludes the composition is the work of the Portuguese sculptor Cayetano de Acosta. The Palco was built for the Infante de España, Felipe de Borbón, son of Felipe V and Isabel de Farnesio.

When Carlos III prohibited bullfighting celebrations in 1786, work on the sculptures was halted, even though only one-third of the plaza had been completed at the time. 

After 34 years the cover of the launching slips of half of the ring was finished, to the left and right of the Palco del Príncipe; being easily viewed from the cathedral and the Giralda it was reflected in a great number of stamps of the time. By 1868 the Palco de la Diputación was in such a lamentable state that Italian sculptor Augusto Franchy undertook the improvement himself, building a new area with a marble balustrade and the crest of the Real Maestranza de Caballería. The construction of five balconies to each side of the Palco de la Diputación was also added where the ring's clock is currently situated. The construction of the ring was completed in 1881; two thirds was constructed in stone, with the remainder in wood.

Between 1914 and 1915 the stone grandstands were redone in brick under the direction of Sevillian architect Aníbal González. All the rows were reconstructed with a smoother slope. Ten to twelve rows of shaded seating were constructed as well as fourteen rows in the sun and three rows of barrier. A row of armchairs were built in the superior part of the shaded area, in front of the theater boxes.



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Founded: 1749
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain

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Giovanni Negri (9 days ago)
I spend there a couple of hours during Easter, I enjoyed there an incredible and authentic Spanish atmosphere. You can realize what’s happening inside just after attending a full session
Andrew Booth (9 days ago)
Immaculately kept historic building, really beautiful inside. We went in to shelter to get out of the rain and did the tour which was 10€ each. There's a couple of exhibits to look at and you are able to look at the ring. Not loads to see but was worth it for us to appreciate the architecture.
Rózsa Attila (11 days ago)
The arena was amazing, has some kind of blended sand surface effect. Being so close to the place of actions in real toro fights probably is full of adrenalin. Worth to see it!
LordPuppy RD (21 days ago)
It was a good show of history with the audio. Not entirely a ton to see and the arena at the time was setting up an exhibition which they disclosed to us in advance. Still worth a visit if you have time and have never seen a real bullring. It was very beautiful to see nonetheless. We only visited the museum and did not see a show.
Colin Green (3 months ago)
Bull ring in the centre of Seville, had never visited one before, so did not know what to expect. A very interesting visit, the place is full of the history of bull fighting ( building started n the 1300's I think). Some of the paintings are very graphic, so would not recommend for children. I would never contemplate watching a bull fight, but the history and culture is quite amazing.
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