10 Melhores Praças de Touros do Mundo

10 Best Bullrings in the World
Find of which countries have the most amazing bullfighting stadiums in the world in terms of tradition, history, architecture, stadium capacity and fighters performance. 

1. Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, Madrid - Spain
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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.
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.

2. Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza, Sevilla - Spain


This magnificent bullring is considered to be one of the finest in Spain and is one of the oldest and most important in the world. Although many of the younger generation in Spain abhor the sport, it remains phenomenally popular, especially in Seville, and the ‘Catedral del Toreo’ is the perfect place to experience the electric atmosphere of a corrida (bullfight).
The building, with its impressive Baroque façade, dates from 1762 -1881 (under a succession of architects) and was immortalized in Bizet’s Carmen. The arena accommodates 14,000 and, despite its size, the acoustics allow you to hear everything wherever you’re sitting. The main entrance is the Puerta del Príncipe (the Prince’s Gate) with beautiful 16th-century iron gates, originally from a convent, made by Pedro Roldán.

3. Plaza de Toros Mexico, Mexico D.F - Mexico
The Plaza de Toros in Mexico City is the largest bullring in the world. It will hold 45,000 spectators. It is built next door to the Estadio Azul (literally, Blue Stadium), formerly Estadio Azulgrana and Estadio de la Ciudad de los Deportes, is a 35,000-seat bullring.
The idea of the Plaza de Toros construction was conceived by the visionary industralist Neguib Simón. The bullfighting structure was designed to be very comfortable and truely monumental.
This great structure was built by the engineer C. Roland. It was blessed by the Archbishop of Mexico, Dr Luis Maria Martinez. The opening day was on February 5th of 1946 and the
structure was completely filled with spectators.

4. Plaza de Toros de Acho, Lima - Peru

The Plaza de Toros de Acho is the premier bullring in Lima, Peru. Located beside the historical center of the Rímac District, the plaza is classified as a national historic monument. It is the
oldest in the Americas and the second-oldest in the world after La Maestranza in Spain (not counting the Roman Empire-era Arles Amphitheatre in France).
Of the 56 official bullrings in Peru, the Plaza de Acho ranks most prominently. It has a seating
capacity of 17,000 and was constructed of adobe and wood, both

5. Arena of Nîmes, Nimes - France

The clearing of the “Arènes”, initiated during the First Empire, gave the venue back its original vocation, i.e. an arena for entertainment. In April 1813, Baron Rolland, the Prefect of the Gard,
proposed to the Minister of the Interior that the “Arènes” should be opened to the public for its favourite form of entertainment. He wrote: “The public’s taste for bull-races is intense in this
region, and nowhere else will you find a site as magnificent as the “Arènes””.
From 1853 onwards, the monument was therefore returned to its original vocation, with the organisation of the Camargue bull-races and subsequently the bull-fights. Today, the amphitheatre plays host to bull-fights during the “Féria”, i.e. the most famous local festivals (Whit Sunday, the Carnival in February and the Harvest festival in September).

6. Plaza de Toros de Santamaría, Bogota - Colombia

From the sixteenth century came the first signs of the bulls game Bogotá. After the Independence of Colombia bullfighting tradition was preserved, by the bull fights in public squares of the city to hold events such as holidays. Since 1928 the building of the Plaza de Toros de Santamaría, by engineers Adonai Martínez and Eduardo Lazcano.
Its main sponsor was the farmer Ignacio Sanz de Santamaria, in a traditional Andalusian style, who donated the land where he built the arena and in whose honor it was given its name to this scenario. In this way, on February 8, 1931 was inaugurated today by Santamaría Bullring with the performance of Manolo Martinez, Angel Rodriguez and Mariano Navas, who dealt in livestock Mondoñedo.

7. Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno, Lisbon - Portugal
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Lisbon’s bullring was built between 1890 and 1892 under the project of Portuguese architect António José Dias da Silva. His design was inspired by the bullring of Madrid, by Emilio Rodriguez Ayuso, later demolished. The style is the neo-Mudéjar, a Romantic style inspired by
the old Arab architecture from Iberia. Lisbon’s new bull ring replaced an old one, located in the Campo de Santana.
The bull ring has a circular floorplan with four large octagonal towers on each cardinal point with oriental-looking domes. The Western tower is flanked by two turrets and serves as main entrance. The many windows of the building have a typical horseshoe shape. The entire surface
of the building is covered by bricks of orange colour. The inner arena has 80 metres of diameter and is covered with sand. The seats hold almost 10,000 people.
Unlike Spanish bull fighting the bull is not killed at the end of the fight.

8. Plaza de Toros de Valencia, Valencia - Spain
The Bullring has been the centre of Valencia’s bull-fighting for almost 150 years now. It is a large, impressive structure in the style of a Roman Coliseum but employing Doric ornament (the traditional Ancient Greek style). With only the ring itself measuring 52 m in diameter, it is much larger as a whole, with 4 levels of colonnades and ballustrades. Inside, the ancient Spanish culture breathes at you from the sand of the ring.

9. Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, Pamplona - Spain

The city is famous worldwide for the San Fermín festival, from July 6 to 14, in which the running of the bulls is one of the main attractions. This festival, was first brought to widespread
attention by Ernest Hemingway in his novel, The Sun Also Rises
The Pamplona bullring is the fourth largest in the world and it is packed out for each day of the
Sanfermines.
While there are a total of 19,721 seats in the bullring only 1,950 of these are put up for sale to the general public the day before the bullfight takes place.

10. Plaza de Toros Monumental "Bernardo Valencia", Valencia, Venezuela
The Plaza de Toros Monumental in the city of Valencia, Venezuela, is a Venezuelan important bullring. Designed by architect Peter Kurt Albers Venezuelan Acosta. It was inaugurated in 1968, has a capacity of 25,000 people, much like the sales and just below the Plaza de Toros Mexico. Here is the second in terms of global capacity. Besides serving to bullfighting, works as a stage for bands and other entertainment.

Source: bookespana.com

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