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- Andalucia's Capital City. by Heather McMillan
Think Andalucia, think Seville!
To many people, Seville encompasses all those things that make Andalucia
special. The exuberant, colourful dresses worn at the April Fair, the whitewashed,
characterful streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the heady scent of orange
blossom and the emotional sounds of flamenco; all these tipify Seville
and are also the very essence of Andalucia.
the wonderful capital of Southern Spain by Ruth Polak
Seville, is a marvelous
city of many moods and dimensions. Take a trip there and you are sure to
have a memorable time...
A Flamboyant Spanish City by William Gallas
Spain is a country known
for its rich culture, history and heritage. It attracts thousands of tourists
every year. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, it is a popular
tourist destination and primary amongst its cities is the most colorful
to do in Seville Spain - The Maestranza Bullring by Juan Navarro
Seville's "Maestranza" Bullring
is to the art of bullfighting what the "La Scala" in Milan is to opera.
Both venues are considered the most prestigious and emblematic settings
in which to perform.
The present Maestranza bullring
has its origins in medieval times, when brotherhoods by the same name dedicated
themselves to horse-breeding and the equestrian arts. Among some of the
spectacles performed by the nobility were bullfights on horseback.
When bullfighting on foot
became popular with the working classes in the late 18th Century, work
on Seville's Maestranza Bullring began and continued for over a century.
Its capacity for 12,500 spectators does not make it the largest bullring
in the world, but many consider it to be the most beautiful. The distinctive
neo-Classical gleaming white façade with its clean geometric lines
and Roman arches outlined in yellow ochre, its elaborately fashioned "Prince's
Gate" (which every matador dreams of exiting triumphantly on the shoulders
of the crowd), the golden sand inside the ring, all conspire to make the
Maestranza a monumental "plaza de toros" that has given wing to legend,
film and theater.
and Bullring in Distance, Seville, Andalucia,
Seville, Andalucia, Spain Photographic Print
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art or ritual of bullfighting might not be fully appreciated by much of
the non-Hispanic world, we find evidence of the importance of the horned
beast or bovine, considered the supreme god of nature, throughout all cultures
of the world. The cave paintings of Altamira in northern Spain confirm
the ancient ritual of the sacrifice of this beast in order to insure the
survival of the community. It is interesting to note that the modern Spanish
fighting bull is a direct descendent of these ancient bovines and would
now be extinct if it were not for the bullfight.
In many parts of the world
today, we have nothing to compare with this spectacle, so it is important
to keep in mind that the Spanish fighting bull is a unique species, following
his instincts in the ring to charge anything that moves, regardless of
size or color. He has not been trained or manipulated. He also lives a
longer and better life than a steer raised solely to end his life in a
slaughterhouse. The matador who confronts the bull is a participant in
a drama which, when properly performed, will display the bravery of both
man and bull. And the matador's brush with death will often bring about
a catharsis in the public, a sense of renewed appreciation for life which
will transcend any particular moment in the plaza.
De Toros De La Real Maestranza, Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Print - Simoni,
at Plaza de Los Toros, Sevilla, 2001 Art Print -
De Toros De La Real Maestranza, Seville, Andalucia, Spain Photographic
Even if there are no bullfights
taking place, you can visit the museum in the Plaza de Toros that displays
matadors' costumes, bullfight posters and original works of art with taurine
themes, including a parade cape painted by Picasso. As part of your visit,
you can enter the ring and actually tread the golden sand, as so many famous
matadors, such as Joselito, Belmonte, Manolete and Seville's own Curro
Romero have done. You may also visit the chapel where they have prayed
before entering the ring and the infirmary where they may have spent some
agonizing moments that are part and parcel of this "fiesta de los toros".
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