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Bogotá's Bullfighting Plaza

Bogotá's handsome, 80-year-old bullfighting plaza has been in the news recently, thanks to Mayor Gustavo Petro's decision to end the fiesta brava in Bogotá.

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The plaza was built in the 1930s. A decade later, its moorish facade was added.

Until this year, at least, bullfights took place in January and February - Spanish bullfighters' off season. There was also amateur fights in August. The bullfighters are suing to continue their tradition, although their cause appears to be lost.

With bullfighting apparently over, the plaza has moved to the administration of the city's Institute of Recreation and Sports (IDRD), which is using the plaza for cultural events. The stadium seats about 13,000 people and has a great centralized location, near the Centro Internacional, the National Museum, the Planetarium, Independence Park and the La Macarena neighborhood.

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A bust of Ignacio Sanz de Santamaria, who donated the land and paid for the plaza's construction - going bankrupt in the process.

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Plaques to famous bullfighters, as well as one for artist Fernando Botero, who has made many works about bullfighting.

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Famed Colombian bullfighter Cesar Rincon. He is now retired and raises bullfighting bulls in Spain and Colombia.

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Mimes perform recently in the plaza. This was the first cultural event held in the plaza after the mayor's decision to end bullfighting. Watch them perform here.

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An Afro-Colombian dance troupe performs in the plaza. Watch them perform here.

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A future art gallery? Paintball battles? Tourists explore the plaza's corrals.

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Riding a bull.

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Behind the stadium are the handsome Torres del Parque, designed by Colombia's most famous architect, Rogelio Salmona.

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