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Colonial Cuba holidays & Bullfighting Traditions in Santiago

  • 18-Dec-09 17:42
  • Cuba
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Among many of its other colonial attractions, Santiago the Cuba has what was probably the first and only bullfighting ring in the island, quite a piece of architecture coming out of the mist of historical memory to bring us a picture of colonial Santiago.

Colonial Cuba holidays & Bullfighting Traditions in Santiago
Cuba holidays in Santiago have a certain colonial charm that goes back to the days when Spain reigned over the island and mixed much of its culture leaving a trail of some of its traditions behind. The proof is at one of the island's few remaining bullfighting rings, one that was built during the first half of the 19th century, signalling that a bullfighting show was a common practive in colonial Santiago de Cuba.
Now a point of interest for curious tourists on Cuba holidays, it was rather one of the amusement options for some of its settlers, at the time. The shows were mainly attended by unruly Spanish soldiers, who found here a place for giving free rein to their feelings and passions that the Iberian practice awoke in all of them, specially in those who had it as a tradition, apart from seen this ring as an oasis of memories and yearning for the distant native land, the distant Mother Land.
Now adding a certain degree of old age folklore to Cuba holidays, according to some documents and newspaper articles from that time, the building, inaugurated on April 28 th 1849, was constructed thanks to the efforts of a group of illustrious and famous settlers of the Very Noble and Very Loyal Village of Santiago de Cuba.
Right in the intersection of Martí and Cristina Avenues (the latter officially named Jesús Menéndez), in the place that was known once as El Campo de la Maloja, the Bullring of Santiago de Cuba rose for the entertainment of Spanish conquerors.
Members from the upper classes and Spanish descendents with money and power founded the initiative to build such a stadium. José María Bravo Portuondo - the Marquess of Las Delicias de Tempú-, Joaquín Pagán López, Ruperto Licea Ledesma, José Niza Palacios, and Julián Bardajós were among those who put in a lot of effort and heart in favour of the building of the bullring, the construction of which cost about 78.000 pesos.
According to Raúl Ibarra Albuerne, a historian from Santiago; the Bullring welcomed gentlemen only, because it was forbidden for ladies to enjoy a “sun-and-blood show”.
Santiago’s Bullring was quite an event at that time, back in history, we may look through the city’s 490 years of foundation with the bullring coming out of the mist of historical memories to bring us nowadays one of the many scenes of Colonial Santiago that can be witnessed during Cuba holidays in this eastern province.
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