Based on a project by José Espelius, who died during its construction, it was completed by Manuel Muñoz Monasterio in 1931 and opened in the same year. Las Ventas holds 23,798 fans and, at 196 feet in diameter, the arena is one of the largest in the world.
Constructed in a Neo-Mudéjar style with hand-painted tiles, it houses an important bullfighting museum which illustrates the history of Las Ventas; it also has a chapel devoted to the Virgen de Guadalupe and to the Virgen de la Paloma, patrons of Mexico and Madrid, respectively. The bullring also has an infirmary equipped with the latest technology and two complete operating theatres. Las Ventas Bullring is one of the most important in the world, if not the most important, and it is here that bullfighters either triumph or fail.
The Ventas Tour allows visitors to learn more about the legendary Las Ventas bullring. It is a guided tour taking place every day while the bullring is open and provides a close-up view of the arena, the seats, the refuge and the gates, among other details, giving you a chance to see the event from the bullfighter's point of view.
Depends on event.
Fri 10.00am - 2.00pm / 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Daily: 10.00am-6.00pm / 24 and 31 December: 10.00am-1.30pm
The ticket office will close 30 minutes before the end of visiting hours.
Bullfight days: The bullring will close 4 hours before the start of the event.
Las Ventas Tour: http://www.lasventastour.com
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