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Does Barcelona have bullfights

Bullfighting ended in Barcelona in 2012. The Catalonia Parliament passed a law banning bullfighting on the grounds of animal cruelty, making it illegal in the Catalonia region. The ban came into effect on January 1, 2012. There are two former bull fighting ring structures in Barcelona which are called Monumental and Arenas.


Monumental was the last bull ring to be in use in Barcelona. It was designed in the Neomudejar and Byzantine style by the architect Ignasi Mas i Martorell. The Monumental bull ring was inaugurated in 1914 and originally called 'El Sport.' In 1916 it was renamed 'Monumental.' It had a seating capacity of just under 20.000 spectators. Until the Olympic games and the arrival of new and bigger arenas in the city, the Monumental bull ring was one of the few places in Barcelona that could fit a crowd of 25.000 with standing room in the arena. Pop stars including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Dire Straits and Bruce Springsteen have all performed at the Monumental bull ring in Barcelona. La Monumental bull ring is still used for circus performances and other events and show. The Monumental bull ring is home to El Museo Taurino de Barcelona bullfighting museum, which opened in 1969. It has a small but interesting display of bull fighting history in Barcelona and costumes of famous bullfighters, famous bull heads and other historical bullfighting documents and items.

Below: Monumental bull ring - now used for concerts and events.



The other former bull fighting arena in Barcelona is called Arenas de Barcelona  and is on Plaça d'Espanya. It is now home to a shopping mall.  


El Torín

The first bullring in Barcelona was called "El Torín". It was opened in July 1834 in the Barceloneta neighborhood. It closed in 1923 and now at this location is the Mare Nostrum Tower, headquarters of gas company Gas Natural Fenosa. This bullring was where the famous Buffalo Bill and his famous Wild-West Show performed in 1889. The Wild West show arrived in Barcelona by ship on the 17th of December 1889. A big crowd was waiting at the port to greet Buffalo Bill and they were amazed by the huge buffalos. Famous artist Pablo Picasso was a bullfighting fan and spent many afternoons at the bullfights in El Torín with his father Don José Ruiz Blasco. His father was a great fan of bullfights and introduced Picasso to the world of bullfighting as a child in La Malagueta bull ring in Malaga. Years later Picasso recall the great impression that meeting the bullfighter Cara-Ancha in a hotel in Malaga had made on him. In 1900 he immortalized "El Torín" bull ring on canvas.

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