Saturday, February 2, 2013

Campo Pequeno Arena


The Lisbon bullring was built in 1890. Despite all the controversy, bull fights have not yet been abolished in Portugal - BIG SHAME! However, a profound renovation took place and the building reopened as a multi-event venue in 2006.

20 comments:

Rob Siemann said...

Fortunately, it is illegal here in Catalunya. Don't think the rest of Spain will follow. Anyway, fabulous building, never been inside, it was closed when I was an alfacinha.

Sami said...

Pity about the bullfights. I always found the building interesting, although I never went inside.

Sharon said...

What an amazing building. It's so wonderful that it has been preserved and turned into an entertainment complex.

Lowell said...

What an impressive arena. So much more so than our bland piles of steel and concrete!

But why should bullfighting be banned when killing humans seems to be the main project for people all over the world?

Just asking. :)

Kathy said...

A super spectacular place! Is this architecture considered Moorish?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Much better use for this beautiful building now JM, some traditions will never die I guess.

JM said...

@Kathy: Yes, it's definitely Moorish inspired.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful arena and that's great that it is being used for other events as well as bull fighting. But I think it will be hard to completely stop the bull fighting, it's been such a part of the culture of Spain, Portugal and Mexico for so long. Terrific capture as always, JM!

Small City Scenes said...

Grand looking building. Sad about bullfighting though. MB

Kay said...

What a gorgeous building!

Bullfighting? Big shame, true.

Babzy said...

beautiful architecture and pic ! :)

VP said...

Really can get the fun of this and I am not an animal-right activist. I like this kind of architecture and the idea of a multi-event arena is much more interesting!

RedPat said...

Love the building!

cieldequimper said...

Fabulous building and I love how you composed it, drawing the eye towards it.

Birdman said...

Ha! No bull?

Randy said...

What an amazing structure.

Gunn said...

First I thought of Russian church style, when I saw the "bulbs" on the roof.

It looks HUGE!

Have a nice weekend!

Carolina Tavares said...

Não tive oportunidade de ir especificamente a este lugar. Passei por ele, mas não o observei por muito tempo. Lamentável. Uma belíssima arquitetura de fato.

Hilda said...

The Muslim elements in this building are intriguing.

Love the train station too.

Cezar and Léia said...

A arquitetura é bem bonita!
Léia