Cordoba has always been linked to bullfighting since time immemorial. Even in the nineteenth century, before having a bullring worthy of the name, festivities were held in the current Plaza de la Corredera, then full of shelter.
Manolete in the Bullfighting Museum
Undoubtedly the figure that raised the bullfighting Cordoban to the annals of myth and legend was Manolete. The bullfighter Cordoban, tragically killed in the bullring of Linares, forever united Cordoba with the world of bullfighting.
And thanks to that relationship, in 1983 the Bullfighting Museum of Cordoba was created, located in the Plaza de Maimónides, in the Jewish quarter and a few minutes from the Synagogue. Located in an old noble mansion built in the sixteenth century, this museum offers the tourist and also the Cordoban all the heritage generated in the golden age of bullfighting in the city of Calipha. The five caliphs of that moment of splendor that still persists in a certain way (Lagartijo, Guerrita, El Cordobés, Machaquito and Manolete) are the axis in which the cultural offer of the Bullfighting Museum of Cordoba is linked.
Exhibition at the Museum
Obviously the graphic material is its great attraction. The visitor can enjoy posters of all recent times with ads that are undoubtedly pure history on paper. Photographs, drawings, pages of newspapers and engravings complete this part of the museum. Along with it you can see capes, shawls, swords, pieces of cattle expired and a whole series of objects linked to the bullfighting bullfighting and the world of bullfighting.
But not everything is fanfare and lights. Many tourists are authentic strangers of this world and want to get soaked, immerse themselves in bullfighting to really get to know it. They are dedicated to an exhibition called ‘La corrida: liturgia y fiesta’, with various elements to show what this art is. It explains what is the bullring and the synergies that it connects. For centuries in this scenario all kinds of people joined. Poor and rich, bourgeois and noble, women and men enjoyed in unison the same spectacle, which was also an example of social division. Seats in the shade for the well-off, in the sun for the narrowest pockets.
The concept of liturgy is complex and exciting, and tries to explain itself in the Bullfighting Museum of Cordoba. The conversion of bullfighting into a series of myths, acts and oaths fuse it with the world of culture. A bullfighter is first and foremost an artist, and that is what this museum aims to put into value.
Bullfighting in Cordoba
And obviously, the history of bullfighting can not be left aside, especially that which refers to Cordoba. The Bullfighting Museum of our city takes a tour from the Roman Cordoba to the duels of medieval knights. It gathers the times of the prohibitions in the Enlightenment and the conversion of bullfighting, finally, into what is now: a popular festival turned into a symbol of an entire country, Spain, for which bullfighting is a banner on which it is announced world.