LA GLORIETA BULLRING
The Salamanca Bullring, La Glorieta, was inaugurated in 1893. It is classed as a Site of Architectural Interest by the National Heritage Body; its eclectic architecture stands out for the novelty of the outer articulation in the form of galleries and the use of iron which gives its upper gallery great slenderness and lightness. These galleries are linked to six pavilions in the tripartite style of the triumphal arch, which is more pronounced at the main entrance with an arch that extends to the two floors. In all these features the chromatic contrast deriving from the use of brick and the local sandstone known as piedra franca is noteworthy.
The engineer of public works Mr Canals took part in the drawing up of the situation plans; the site is located between two roads. In its interior it is known for the participation of Mariano Cardera, the architect who had previously designed the bullring of El Puerto de Santa María. Moslem references are only found in the interior and reflect the alleged Islamic origin of the festival. In contrast the exterior has no Hispano-Arabic elements as if it were understood that this is not in keeping with the architecture of the city.
In 1993 the bullring was restored to celebrate its centenary and armchairs were later added for improved comfort. Nowadays the Salamanca bullring is classed as 2nd category but it is however of great relevance given the importance of the livestock of the Salamanca countryside.
One of the aspects which was studied in great detail was its evacuation in an emergency; according to calculations this could be done in four minutes.
The enclosure is in perfect state of repair given the continuous alterations and improvements which are carried out during the year and its regular and exhaustive maintenance. The bullring has a capacity of 11,000 spectators and a large arena 54 metres in diameter. It has been prepared for all kinds of events from bullfights, concerts, conventions, fairs, or banquets to sporting and motorsports events. The inner space is very extensive and includes complete bathrooms, fixed bars for catering, and the possibility of dressing rooms and space for kitchens or auxiliary structures. Moreover, the bullring has exceptional acoustics which makes it a venue of reference for musical events and concerts.
The main bullfighting celebrations which are held at the La Glorieta bullring are those associated with the festival of the Virgen de la Vega on 8th September. Other traditional celebrations include those of the Day of San Mateo on 21st September and the Day of San Juan de Sahagún on 12th June.