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Manolete

Manolete On 4th July 1917, Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez 'Manolete' was born in the traditional district of Santa Marina. He came from a long line of bullfighters and held his qualifying ceremony on 2nd July 1839 in the Sevillian bullring La Maestranza. From then on there was no stopping him: he toured all the major Spanish and international bullrings and was acclaimed by the public in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. He was remembered by his friends as a sober, serious person who won the public's respect wherever he went.     His personal style of bullfighting, of approaching the bull side-on, brought him world-wide acclaim in the bullring. However, on 28th August 1947, when Manolete was topping the bill in Linares alongside Gitanillo de Triana and Luís Miguel 'Dominguín', the second bull of the six he was to fight, a superb specimen of Mihura, caught him with its horns and left him mortally wounded, thus putting an end to the career of this 'Caliph' of bullfighting.

The Bullfighting Museum of Cordoba recounts the life and career of this Cordoban bullfighter, and the suit he wore that fateful evening is on display there.

 

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