A little way out of Colonia we found the crumbling ruins of Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos. Designed in a Moorish style, Uruguay’s only bullring could seat 10,000 spectators.
Officially opened on January 9, 1910, it was the business idea of Buenos Aires’ entrepreneurs looking to circumnavigate their country’s earlier banning of this disgusting ‘sport’. But Argentina’s elite were shipped across the Rio de la Plata for only eight bullfights before the Uruguay government in 1912 also put a stop to bullfighting.
The site is closed off today but that didn’t stop your intrepid bloggers getting under-the-wire. Standing in the centre of the arena we were reminded of Roman amphitheatres – and their similar bloodthirsty spectaculars.