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Bullfighting traces its history way back to when the Romans held public spectacles of “Man vs Beast”, and although France and Portugal both have long bullfight histories, it is considered a very Spanish tradition. So it’s in Spain where we start with the world’s oldest surviving bullring: Las Virtudes in Santa Cruz de Mudela. It was built way back in 1641, when the bullrings were actually bullsquares – the round shape was adopted later on to prevent the action being confined to the corners. The style of Spanish bullfighting has changed very little since 1726, when Francisco Romero…

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