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Visitor's Guide: Valencia

Plaza de Toros

Neoclassical Bullring
  • Neighborhood: Patraix
  • Category: Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings

Description

The Valencian bullring, situated next to the Estacion del Norte train station, was built between 1850 and 1860, and its architect, Sebastian Monleon, gave it a neoclassical style, resembling somewhat the amphitheatre in Nimes from the exterior. This round bullring is carefully constructed, both sombre and meticulous. It's perfectly suited to its function while at the same time there's a monumentalism to it, characteristic of 19th century architecture. The plaza has a polygonal base, with 48 sides total, based on an interior ring within the bullring itself and a 52 cm diameter. More than just a bullring, Plaza de Toros is worth visiting for the famous 'matadors' who come for the Feria de Julioand Fallas festivals. The plaza also serves as site for the occasional circus, concert venue, or even political rallies. Call or see website for schedule of bullfights and other events as well as the varying admission prices.

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