|What would Pepe think? One of Colombia's most famous bullfighters, he died from a goring at age 53.|
|The stadium's moorish fachade.|
stop selling tickets for next season of corridas. A long, but cruel and controversial, tradition may be at an end here. Mayor Gustavo Petro said months ago that the city should consider banning all public spectacles which involve the killing of animals.
|Bogotá's Planetarium seen thru one of the plaza's windows.|
And what will happen to the handsome and historic bullfighting plaza, with its Moorish architecture? Even now, the plaza sits empty, except for young bullfighters training for a future which may never come, for nine or ten months of the year.
The handsome building, located in the heart of the city, would be great for lots of uses - but hopefully not fast food restaurants.
An end to bullfighting in La Santamaria would also be a heavy blow to the already-beleagured sport. It is the most important bullfighting stadium in South America, and Colombia is the third most important bullfighting nation, after Spain and Mexico.
|A statue of Colombian bullfighting legend Cesar Rincon. Still alive, he now raises bullfighting bulls.|
|The Torres del Parque behind the bullfighting stadium.|
|Ignacio Sanz de Santamaria, a cattleman who donated the land and financed the stadium's construction - going bankrupt in the process.|
|A plaque in the stadium honors artist Fernando Botero, a bullfighting fan.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours, which usually visits the bullfighting stadium during bicycle tours.