The oldest building in Sevilla is the Plaza de Toros. It was once the site for the famous Feria de Abril (one of the bull fighting festivals which is famous all over the world). The ring is regarded as tone of the city’s best and most enjoyable attractions for tourists.
The construction of Plaza de Toros began in 1749, by Pedro y Vicente de San Martin and Francisco Sanchez de Aragon. The inner facade, called the Prince’s box, was originally completed in the plaza in the year 1765. It consisted of two main parts. One was an access gate where the bull fighters who were successful went out and the other was a theatre box which was exclusively reserved for the Spanish Royal family. There are four arches in the top most part which is covered by blue and white tiles. The Palco was actually built for Felipe de Borbon, the son of Isabel de Farnesio and Felipe V.
Bull fighting remains legal in most of Spain today. However, a growing movement to end bull fighting, especially in culturally distinct areas like Catalonia and Pays Basco, has begun to widely prohibit the practice.
IF YOU GO: Do visit the entire tourist attractions of Sevilla and don’t just get locked in Sevilla apartments. The city is more than 2000 years old so there is plenty of history and rich culture to explore.
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