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In the heart of Cartagena, a World Heritage Site, lies La Serrezuela, a historic building and milestone of the city in the 20th century.

Enjoy a unique shopping experience while taking advantage of a wide range of cultural and gastronomic delights, surrounded by history, iconic architecture and design.

The 22,000 square meter complex was designed to include the restoration of the old Circus Theatre as the axis of the new Plaza La Serrezuela. A mix of cultural, commercial and gastronomic activities have created a new and unprecedented space in the city.

Manifesto

Inside the famous walls bordering a historical and cultural heritage, an imposing monument is reborn, combining the wonderful history of a city with modern architecture.

A cultural monument that is given new life as the epicenter of culture, gastronomy and exclusive shopping in a historic city with global appeal. An iconic place for those seeking memorable experiences.

A promise representing the ideals of those who conceived and created this space, believing in its new purpose of providing memorable experiences to those longing to see it in all its former glory.

La Serrezuela, Memorable.

THE HISTORY BEHIND
THE CIRCUS THEATER

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Don Pedro Martínez was the driving force behind the construction of the first Plaza in 1893, on land currently occupied by the Éxito San Diego.

La estructura de madera cuya construcción fue dirigida por el diestro Español José González “Torerín”, fue desmontada al final de la guerra civil.

The wooden structure was built under the direction of Spanish master José González “Torerín”, and later dismantled at the end of the civil war.

Así se construye la segunda plaza a una calle y media de la anterior, en la Serrezuela los trabajos estuvieron a cargo de los señores Julio Vilostras un griego aventurero que se había asentado en Cartagena, titulándose artillero e ingeniero militar. Y Don Manuel Martelo Jiménez cartagenero raizal y persona de confianza de los Vélez Danies.

Between 1906 and 1908, two brothers, Carlos and Fernando Vélez Danies, began promoting an initiative to build a new bullring, this time under the direction of Mexican architect José ‘Torerín’ González.

The second bullring was built in the Serrezuela, only a block and half away from the old venue. Construction was carried out by Julio Vilostras, an adventurous Greek gunner and military engineer recently settled in Cartagena, and Don Manuel Martelo Jiménez, a native of Cartagena and confidant of the Vélez Danies brothers.

The third bullring opened in 1930, the result of efforts by Don Fernando Vélez Danies. He designated Marcial Calvo, a renowned cabinetmaker and craftsman, to incorporate details of the Maracay and Caracas bullrings in Venezuela into the structure. The bullring incorporated two different construction styles: one for bullfighting, with its access stairs and a wood framed roof covered with zinc sheets, and a second in masonry and concrete for bullfighting operations and also as a cinema.

The property was built in the Mudejar style, inspired by the monumental Maestranza bullring and a photo of the Alhambra Palace (Spain). This gave it a Moorish style, supplied by historian Ronaldo Bossa to builder Marcial Calvo under orders from its owner, Don Fernando Vélez Danies.

It was officially inaugurated on May 18, 1930, with a capacity of 4,000 spectators, including 51 lower boxes, 74 6-seat upper boxes and an uppermost circular box.

In 1935, it was redesigned to host theatrical productions and movies, thus being called the "Circus Theater". The last bullfight in the Serrezuela took place on February 5, 1973.

By that time, the Cartagena Bullfighting Corporation had been created and commissioned the construction of a new bullring. The District Council prohibited bullfighting in the coso de merengue, which in 1995 was designated as a National Heritage site but gradually fell into disrepair due to the lack of income generated by the property at that time.

Today the bullring is reborn as La Serrezuela, center of culture, gastronomy and exclusive shopping. An iconic place for those seeking unforgettable experiences.