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“A CLIMPSE INTO THE PAST”
Review of Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros
Cornwall, Canada
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118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“A CLIMPSE INTO THE PAST”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

LA PLAZA DE TOROS never really operated. Soon after it opened in the early part of the 20th century, Uruguay outlawed the killing of the bulls. This lead to a quick end to the Plaza de Toros. Today it stands, on wobbly legs, as a reminder (along with the nearby FRONTÖN), to a different time. It is officially "off limits" to visitors but people to wander inside to take a few pictures. It is worth the short ride out to Real de San Carlos. Just the ride along La Rambla make it worthwhile.

Visited December 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Bemusing”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Fascinating history and a good 5km walk along the waterfront to this rather bemusing folly with an interesting history.

Visited September 2013
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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“A Double-Edged Sword”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

For tourists whose main goal is to simply "take in the sights", this miniature coliseum is well worth the visit, but you'll have taken in all that you can take in in just about 90 seconds. Of course, the structure in itself is rather majestic to look at by itself, even if it is slowly crumbling to pieces. Those who have visited other great architectural achievements may not me so amazed by this humble construct, but nonetheless, it's an important part of Colonia's Spanish heritage.
Now, for those more intrepid-adventurer sort of tourists, this plaza can be a whole lot more than just a sight to take in. It hasn't really been maintained over the years, so sure, its risky, but despite all the "keep out" signs, curiosity is part of what makes us human, right?
If you look closely enough, you'll find there are several holes in the fence large enough to crawl through. One specifically in front of a rather large (what appears to be oak or something like that) tree, that leads right to a metal staircase within the structure. If you're feeling brave, you might try climbing, and taking in the plaza as it was seen back in 1910 by its visitors. It truly s magnificent. Just be VERY CAREFUL WHERE YOU STEP!
And, finally, if you're feeling REALLY courageous all of a sudden, there's just nothing quite like going into a prohibited area in the wee hours of the morning. Especially when you're surround by debris and shadows, and all you can hear are the rocks beneath your feet as you amke your way through the maze-like interior in the moonlight. And if you survive that, go out into the middle of the plaza for a spectacular midnight picnic area. Just be ready to run if you hear anything, and remember, the exits are wherever you can crawl through!

Visited March 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Falling apart”
Reviewed 5 January 2013 via mobile

The old coliseum is falling apart. You can't go inside because it is a safety risk. It is quite far from the old town, so not worth heading to unless you are staying overnight at a nearby hotel.

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“Was once magnificent”
Reviewed 18 December 2012

Situated outside of town and built in 1910, this bull ring was part of a group of buildings specifically constructed for the tourists. Nearby is the race course which is also worth a look. The Plaza de Toros was only in use for two years before the Uruguayan government banned bull fighting & shut it down. What is left is a crumbling structure, surrounded by wire fences and Keep Out notices. It is considered too dangerous to walk around. That said, some gaps in that wire fence meant that a few brave people were inside taking a closer look. From the outside you can see what a magnificent structure it was. Let's hope that someone somewhere restores it to its former glory - albeit with a use other than bull fighting

Visited December 2012
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