La Plaza de Toros Monumental (The Monumental Bullring of Barcelona), also known as La Monumental and initially called Plaza del Sport, is currently the only functional bullring in Barcelona after Plaza de Toros Las Arenas, another place where bullfights were watched, was transformed into a shopping mall. On 28 July 2010 a controversial motion was proposed by the Catalan Parliament which forbids bullfights to take place in this place after 2012. The owners of the building, the Balañá family, have already announced that the place will function as a circus and a concert venue.
La Plaza de Toros Monumental is located in the Eixample district, at the junction of Marina and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes streets. It was built between 1913 and 1916 and designed by the modernist architect Joaquim Raspall who created its façade in the Novecentisme style. In 1916 the place changed its name from Plaza del Sport to Plaza de Toros Monumental, which resulted in an increase in the number of peoples visiting this place. With 26 rows of seats and grandstands on the first and upper floors, La Monumental can accommodate 44,582 people (there are 19,582 seats and 25,000 standing places).
Throughout nearly a hundred years of its existence, the plaza hosted such stars like the Beatles (in 1965), Bob Marley (in 1980) and Bruce Springsteen (in 1992). However, after the Sant Jordi Palace was constructed, the concert venue was moved to the sports hall which had better acoustics.
Tourists can visit the interior of La Monumental only during the scheduled shows, however the unique and majestic style of the building makes it worth seeing even from the outside.
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|Neighbourhood||Fort Pienc (Eixample)|
|Geographical coordinates||41.3993989, 2.1804588|
|Address||08013 Barcelona, Carrer de la Marina 177|
|Construction dates||1913 - 1916|
|How to arrive?||official transport site|