|A future classroom? The plaza's bull corrals, which may have seen their last quadripeds.|
|The plaza's grand, mosque-like entrance.|
That leaves the question of what to do with the handsome bullfighting arena, which was built in the 1930s and can seat over 13,000 people. Petro suggested that the stadium could be converted into "a place for young people to meet with poets and writers." Poetry and writing are great. But that seems like a strange use, particularly when the city has lots of classrooms and theatres which would be lots more comfortable and convenient than an eight-decade-old bullfighting stadium.
|Las Torres del Parque, behind the bullfighting plaza. Their |
residents have blocked the plaza from staging concerts.
|Old bullfighting posters in El Rincon Taurino, |
across the street.
|A future poetry room? Visitors inside one of the bull corrals.|
|Beside the plaza is the planetarium's dome.|
The owners, surprisingly, didn't seem to mind bullfighting's possible demise. But they said the city needed to find another use for the stadium, which the man called 'a white elephant.'
"But if they use it for concerts, then those fools in the towers complain," the man said, "and if they have bullfights, then there are protests."
The mayor of Medellin has followed Petro's lead, saying that Colombia's second-largest city will no longer finance bullfights there. However, Cartagena, which has not held bullfights for a long time, is organizing them again.
|The bullfighting students are still out there practicing their veronicas.|
|Many a bull has walked down this tunnel to meet his death.|
|Sunset for bullfighting?|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours