La Plaza de Toros de las Ventas: a Republican monument

La Plaza de Toros de las Ventas: a Republican monument

The verses of Federico García Lorca's Llanto dresses the Plaza de Toros las Ventas, a neo-Moorish style bullring inaugurated by the Republicans.

On August 11, 1934, in Manzanares, the bull Granadino injured the bullfighter Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. Gangrene set in, and he died in hospital on August 13.

His friend Federico García Lorca then wrote ‘Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sánchez Mejías' (‘Weeping for the Death of Ignacio Sánchez Mejías'). The first public reading was held in Madrid on November 4. The poem evokes the fate of one who was a Sevilliano, bullfighter, music lover, lover of life, intellectual, and playwright.

Think back to the last verses: 'It will be born long before, if ever born / An Andalusian so clear, so full of adventures / I sing his elegance with words that moan / And I remember a sad breeze in the olive trees.' They will ring with a special brightness when you tread down the earthenware tiles of the Plaza de Toros las Ventas del Espiritu de Santo, which was inaugurated in October 1934 and is now a listed building.

La Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
Calle de Alcalá, 237
28028 Madrid

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