Al Alam Palace
This royal palace in Oman is owned by the Sultan, who has retained the property through eight generations.
Regarded as a celebration of tradition by some, a shameful glorification of violence by others, the bullfight continues to evoke extreme passion in the people of Spain. One of the world’s oldest and most significant bullrings, La Maestranza is a mecca for toreros skilled enough to fight within its bounds, staring down triumph or death.
Twentieth-century architect Rafael Moneo contemplated the provoked bulls and their valiant opponents from a comfortable distance, and remarked: “The Maestranza reminds us that there is always a place for the brave, and that our destiny is unwritten.”
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