This is still one of our top 3 squares, even though there haven't been any bulls here, since the controversial decision to abolish bullfighting in 2011.

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Monumental Plaza

White flags in the wind.

Barcelona’s La Monumental was, it its time, the most important bullring in the world, along with La Maestranza in Seville and Las Ventas in Madrid. Since its inauguration in 1914, La Monumental has received some of the most important bullfighters through the ages. It was the setting for the famous day, when the three Giron brothers (Cesar, Rafael and Curro, three of the most distinguished names in the bullfighting world) braved the bulls together in 1956. In more recent times, La Monumental has the honour of receiving the much-awaited return of Jose Tomas from Madrid, after five years of retirement from bullfighting. This was one of the last times the bullring was filled, as the Catalonian Parliament abolished bullfighting in Barcelona in 2011. This was highly controversial and divided the city’s population into sympathisers and abolitionists, with the end result winning 68 to 55 votes. Today, you will find Las Arenas Shopping Centre here, and the square also hosts musical performances and other large events. Once known as ‘one of the world’s top three bullfighting capitals’, this city is full of surprises.

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