Francisco Rivera Ordonez’s Suit of Lights
The Museo Taurino ‘Antonio Ordonez is dedicated to the bullfighter of that name. He was responsible for building the bullring in Estepona that was subsequently opened by his grandson, another famous bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez.
The most colourful displays are the costumes worn and donated by many bullfighters and the posters announcing forthcoming events. A few years ago these posters would suddenly appear on every flat surface in town a few days before a bullfight.
Bulls Heads Trophies
More macabre displays are the bulls heads mounted on wooden plaques on the walls. These are bulls that performed well in the ring.
The museum is, appropriately, within the bullring itself. This gives you the chance to examine the corridors and gates beneath the seating area surrounding the ring. This is where the bulls were housed prior to a bout. Ropes, pulleys and gates kept them separated from each other and humans and directed them in turn into the ring. The system is very similar to that beneath the Roman theatres then used for lions, gladiators and Christians.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
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The bullfighting museum in Estepona is free to EU citizens.
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