The bullfighting museum, next to the the bullring in the centre of Valencia is small, but gives an interesting insight into this sport which is deep-rooted in southern Spain. The museum is free and we were also presented with a pack of booklets in English with information on the museum, the bullring and some background about the bulls and bullfighters. After seeing the museum you can take a look inside the bull-ring itself, although it wasn't possible for us as they were preparing for a bullfight the next day.
The stairs as you walk up to the museum were covered with photos of the great matadors of the past, posters and other bullfighting memorabilia. The main exhibits were the costumes of the bullfighting greats with information about the matadors who had worn them. The costumes known as Traje de Luces or 'suit of lights' are beautifully embroidered and skin tight and there was an interactive presentation where you could dress the matador, which explained the different items of clothing.
We noticed one green and gold costume with a large gash in the leg - I bet that spoiled his day, commented my son, and on looking more closely we discovered that it had been worn by the torero Manolo Cortes on the day of his death.
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