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Medellin Travel Guide - Medellin Bullfights
Medellin Colombia Feria Taurina de la Candelaria
The Bull Never Wins!
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Colombia, like most parts of South and Central America retains many of the cultural traditions brought by the Spanish Conquistadors. Bullfighting is still considered an exciting and entertaining aspect of Medellins annual fairs as bullfights have continued in Medellin since Colombia gained independence from Spain in 1819. It is one of the few Latin American countries where the original (most brutal) form of the sport is still practiced.
Needing new venues for concerts and events, the city of
Medellín, Colombia chose to reconfigure its 1940’s era
bullfighting ring, La Macarena, as a multi purpose
arena. In the process of renovating and upgrading the
concrete structure for seismic resistance, the city added
a partially retractable roof structure framed in structural steel.
The main challenge of the project involved creating an up to date multi purpose venue while maintaining the arenas vintage 1940’s architectural elements. Renovating the stands and press facilities, installing a moving roof, increasing capacity from 8,000 to 13,500 spectators, improving access to the stands with steel and concrete hanging walkways and complying with the requirements of the local fire department and seismic codes also became part of the project.
Today, at the end of every January for 6 weeks into February, Spain comes to Medellin. Many world famous matadors make Medellin part of their annual tour. Every Saturday, starting at 3:30 PM, Paisas turn out in record numbers to attend the bullfights. There is a party atmosphere before the event and it spills over into after event parties at the stadium, in the streets and the popular evening locales in Parke Lleras and the Zona Rosa.
Many local restaurants host a Gastronomica de Espana complete with various Paella dishes and Sangria.
Although many animal protection organizations loudly protest the killing of the bulls and their inhumane treatment during the contest, it is a tradition that will continue to last. If nothing else, the meat from the dead bulls is donated to local charities to help feed the poor. It is also a good source of income for the city and its people.
Pre Event Festivities
The warm up and the pageantry
The Fight to the Death
We know, it is not a pretty sight but they do donate the meat to the poor.