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La Real Maestranza Bullring and Bullfighting Museum


The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería in Seville is the oldest bullring in Spain. It is the venue for the bullfights that take place within the framework of the Seville April Fair, one of the most renowned bullfighting festivals in the world. It is considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town and is among the most visited monuments. Declared a Site of Cultural Interest, the Bullring of la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is listed as a Monument, as published in the BOE in 1984.

The bullring and its bullfighting museum can be visited. The tour of the bullring is complemented by its Bullfighting Museum, which is made up of two clearly differentiated sectors. The first sector to be visited includes a sample of paintings and a selection of the collection of bullfighting prints that belong to the collection of the Real Maestranza, one of the most important in the world.

The Painting Room brings together a collection of oil paintings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries that make up a picture gallery with a very important bullfighting theme, mainly from the Romantic period. Scenes in the countryside and in the bullring, bullfighters and characters related to the world of bulls. 
The Print Room houses a select repertoire of prints, lithographs and engravings. Practically all the historical bullfighting series from the 18th and 19th centuries are represented therein.

The twelve prints of "Tauromaquia" by Francisco de Goya, belonging to the third edition of this legendary series of etchings, produced in Paris in 1876, must be highlighted.

The visit continues through the stables of bullfighting horses to a highly spiritual corner, the Chapel of the Bullfighters, presided over by an altarpiece of the Virgen de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, which is greatly venerated among bullfighters and to which many ex-votos have been donated.



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