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Review of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza

Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza
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Seville Bilingual Bike Tour
Ranked #25 of 277 things to do in Seville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Beyond the Iberian peninsula most people are rather uncomfortable about bullfighting, which makes a visit to this venerable bullring with attached museums all the more fascinating – not least for those who would never consider attending a bullfight. An inspection of the ring, and the backstage facilities that sustain it (the Plaza, of necessity, has its own ER) is a good counterpoint to a browse around a museum which is full of artwork and costumes celebrating the skill of the matador together with the mounted heads of their animal nemeses. Go with an open mind and you’ll leave with a much better understanding of bullfighting’s place in the life and culture of Andalucía.
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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“great cultural experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was in seville last week and my partner and myself went to the bull ring in the day then returned to watch a bull fight some evenings later.
It is a really great place to visit even if you don't want to watch a bull fight. You can pay to have a tour showing the whole of the bull ring, the chapel the bull fighters visit before the fight and other areas. We decided to experience some bull fighting and see what this important cultural event was all about.
In the foyer of the tour museum we spoke to a member if staff who was very helpful and told us exactly where and when we needed to go to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased between 10:00 and 14:00 then from 19:00 onwards on the day of the fight. Prices vary depending whether you sit in sun or shade, which ring of seats and how close to the VIP seats. When we visited, there ewe novice bullfighters so it was €18 for one of the best seats in the house. It has very limited legroom but people stand for a lot of it so it doesn't matter.

The bull fight itself was quite a sad experience which we didn't find very exciting. The show and e spectacle before the bulls came out was great but it was sad to see how they weakened the bull by sticking harpoon like sticks into it's back then tiring it out before plunging the sword in. This didn't kill the bull which was the most saddening part of the whole thing. When the bull lay down they put a dagger in the back of the neck to kill it which seemed pretty brutal and sad.

It is great to see if you view it as a cultural experience but I would definitely avoid it if you have strong views on animal rights and don't want to see it not being killed immediately

Visited July 2014
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“Think twice if you are planning to watch the bull fight”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

As the bullfighting is something that strongly represents the whole Andalusia, I was tempted to visit it during my vacation there. There were poster all around Seville about 2 young matadors that should perform on Friday evening, and since it was possible to get very cheap tickets, we decided to take a look. Although I prepared myself by watching novices performing on spanish tv channel, and i was also reading a bit about the whole procedure, it didn't look that bad to me, so I was very curious. Some locals warned me that it may not be the best thing to do while in Seville, since it is really a matter of taste. After 10 minutes inside the arena, watching the show, I was so sad and disappointed, and I wanted to leave. Still, out of respect to my accompanying person, i stayed there for almost 3 hours. That was painful. I was not sorry for the people in the ring, they were there voluntarily, but I felt extremely sorry for the poor animals (not only bulls but also the horses), that by no means deserved such treatment only for the sake of cheap fun for careless people. The show is extremely cruel. Horses get kicked and downtrow by bulls, and since their eyes are covered, they have no idea where are they or what happens. Bulls are stabbed like hundred of times during the show, on many different ways, they bleed around to dead, and seems that audience really does not care. People come prepared as for the Sunday service, and many of them use the opportunity to socialize around and have fun. Of course, there is a lot of those that are really into the fight. it could be that someone will describe the same experience as excellent, but anyone who is against violence and feel sorry for animals suffering should certainly avoid it. in modern times that we live in, such customs deserve to be forgotten.

Visited July 2014
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“Interesting experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We took our two kids (ages 3 and 6) here as they had been reading Ferdinand the Bull and this would provide them sone context for the story. We did not want to see an actual bullfight but thought it would be interesting to see the history behind it.

The tour was very informative and the museum itself had some great artifacts to illustrate the history.

We also got to visit the chapel the matadors visit before the fights.

Worth a visit!

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“Novice bullfighter dedicates his cap to his father in this whitewashed cathedral of pomp and death.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

Before entering into the whitewashed cathedral of pomp and death,the spectators at nearby bars buzz in anticipation. A working class crowd spills out onto Calle Adriano from cafe-bar Taquilla. Beer and excited chatter flow freely beneath framed black and white photos of legendary bulls and famous toreros.
Once the 14,000 are packed inside,three toreros will each fight a pair of bulls over the next two hours. On this night it is Las Novilladas, young bullfighters making their professional debuts. The evening lacks the polish of the more experienced bullfighters - although the prerequisite feline machismo os on full display. The famously discerning and notoriously demanding crowd is generous and appreciative of the novices.
Before his second bull,a local boy who looks about 16, doffs his montera to the crowd and walks to the edge of the ring. he leans over the wall,speaking to an older man in the first row to whom he bears a striking resemblance. The young warrior's face is earnest as he dedicates the bull to the man, i assume to be his father or his mentor. when he finished his declaration, he offers the cap,to the old man.

Unapologetic tears pour down the old man's cheeks. he makes no move to wipe them away as the boy with the red cape struts towards the heaving animal in the centre of the dirt ring, sword in hand.

Bullfighting may have become a dying and politically incorrect relic in many places, including parts of Spain - but on this night in Seville, it is deeply personal, and alive.

Visited June 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Interesting and well conducted tour but not for everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

We did the 35 min tour of the bullring in Seville and it was a very interesting but also thought provoking tour.
Although there was nothing to see apart from the excellent architecture and a very thorough guide in English and Spanish some of the descriptions of the events staged there were not easy to hear.

The museum had some amazing outfits and displays but also a few stuffed bulls heads and graphic paintings.

It was very interesting to understand this from a local persons point of view who has been brought up with bullfighting but at the end didn't change our minds and we gave the bullfight that evening a miss!

Visited July 2014
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