Bullring & Ceramic Museum

Bullring & Ceramic Museum

Three full days in Sevilla is a good amount of time to explore the city and cover the main sites at a leisurely pace. Our last full day brought us to the Bullring and Ceramic Museum, neither of which were on my initial list of places to hit. As an animal lover, I have misgivings about bullfighting. There is no way I will ever attend a bullfight. You can pay me $10 million dollars and I wouldn’t do it. However, as a forever curious person, I’m always up for a museum tour of a subject that I know very little about.

The tour started out innocuous enough with bullfighting posters of yore
Paintings of bulls
Paintings of bullring scenes
And bullfighting scenes…yikes
Elaborate costumes
More paintings with mounted bull heads
This museum isn’t just a museum. It’s an active bullring that still showcases bullfights on select days of the year.

By the time we got to the bullpen, I was done and depressed. People were taking pictures in the empty pens, and I had to walk out. Cruel. Unfair. Those were the sentiments I walked away with from that museum.

Our next stop was across the bridge in the Triana neighborhood where the ceramic museum is located. The entry ticket to the Royal Alcazar from yesterday allowed us free admission into the ceramic museum.

The beautiful dome and bell tower of Capilla Del Carmen (in neo-Mudejar style) on the Triana end of the Puente de Isabelle II.

The ceramic museum goes over the tile and pottery-making process, along with its exhibits of interesting historical products.

Interesting advertising tile panels (1940-1960)
This could almost pass for modern art
“The good life is expensive, there is a cheaper one, but it is not good”
Mills used to grind the minerals that provide the pigments
Pinnacle (1929) for the Plaza de España
Painted tiles from the 1500s
An intricate panel of birds and plants from 1880
A more elaborate one from 1940 depicting the surrender of Granada by the Moors

Upon closer look, painted ceramic tiles are everywhere in Triana.

In the nearby indoor market place above each vendor stall
To outside the Santa Ana Cathedral

I’ve always been (and remain) partial to Islamic tiles for their geometric harmony. However, after today’s museum visit, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for the Spanish tile designs.

Lunch/dinner – Paella

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