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A pretty architectural mix of Mudejar, Modernista, and Baroque, in yellow and white, with September its annual high point.

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Melilla Bull Ring

The 'Mosque of Bullfighting.'

Africa's only remaining bullring (the one in Ceuta closed in 1995) was dubbed by a reknowned critic, Gregorio Corrochano, the "Mosque of Bullfighting." Designed by Alejandro Blong González, it was inaugurated in 1947, with Spain's legendary toreador Manolete supposed to take part, except that he died ten days beforehand. It's an interesting architectural mix of neo-Mudejar (Moorish-influenced medieval) features with Modernista elements and profuse Baroque ornamentation. Yellows and whites predominate on the much-restored façade, while the interior is mostly white. Bullfights are held every so often, but the top toreadors tend to hit town during the big annual festivities in the month of September.



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