The Plaza de Toros Monumental de Barcelona, or better known as: “La Monumental” was inaugurated with the name “Plaza de El Sport” in 1914. But in 1916 the bullring was enlarged and the name changed for “Monumental“.
Since its inauguration, the Monumental was gaining great prestige, thanks to the category of posters that organized in the bullring, was one of the three most emblematic bullfights in Spain next to the bullring of Las Ventas de Madrid and the Maestranza de Sevilla.
The Monumental Bullring has hosted numerous musical events, especially between the 60’s and 90’s. Before the inauguration of the Palau Sant Jordi, the Monumental had a capacity for 25,000 spectators.
The most famous concert held at the Monumental was offered by the English group The Beatles on July 3, 1965. The only one offered by the Beatles in Barcelona.
The most multitudinous concerts that have been held in the Monumental are:
(July 3, 1965) Concert by The Beatles. Attended 25,000 people.
(July 11, 1976) Concert by The Rolling Stones (the first in Spain of the British group).
(June 30, 1980) Concert by Bob Marley.
(July 6, 1990) Concert by Tina Turner.
(May 9, 1992) Concert by Dire Straits.
(July 3, 1992) Bruce Springsteen concert.
(July 9, 1992): Concert by Sau.
In 1986 it was planned that Queen would play here, but finally they did it in the Mini Estadi.
In June of 1977 it became the only bullring in Barcelona, after the disappearance of the Plaza del Torín and the closure of the Plaza de las Arenas. In June 2007 The bullring Monumental was the stage chosen by the right-hander José Tomás for his reappearance, after five years retired, which meant a great media event and a full historical, something that was not produced in the Monumental for two years decades and that was a revulsive for the Barcelona taurine fans
On July 28, 2010 the Parliament of Catalonia voted to approve the abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia. In recent years the Monumental, the only active bullring in Catalonia, was not able to fill its capacity as spectators, or considering the high percentage of visits by tourists.
Inside the Monumental is the Bullfighting Museum of Barcelona. It consists of two large rooms with exhibitions of iron emblems and on the famous livestock, heads of bulls, a collection of posters of old tickets, costumes of bullfighters and rejoneadores, photographs, a library of historical documents and other objects related to bullfighting.
On October 20, 2016, the Constitutional Court issued a sentence, after five years with the Monumental closed by several decrees. The right to exercise and perform bullfights in the Monumental de Barcelona was reopened.
La Monumental, located at the confluence of Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes and Calle de la Marina, also gives its name to a station on the Barcelona Metro Line 2 Metro network. From the Sagrada Família stop on the Blue Route of the Barcelona Bus Turístic you can reach the square following the Calle de la Marina towards the sea.
The Monumental is a brick building a mixture of Mudejar style (Moors) and Byzantine. At present it is a space for stage of musical events and circus shows.
Monumental Club is the new leisure and cultural proposal that brings together, during a weekend a month, live music, dj’s, gastronomy and children’s activities in an emblematic and unique space of Barcelona: the Monumental Square.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 749. 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Eixample Right
Metro: L2 Monumental
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