Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla

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The Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla (literally Royal Cavalry Armory of Seville), also known as RMCS, is a noble guild created in 1670 from the remnants of the preceding Cofradía de San Hermenegildo (or Hermandad Caballeresca). It was created under the advocacy of the patron saint Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), and its original purpose was to train nobles in the use of arms and war horsemanship in order to better serve the Spanish Crown. It also served to train officers for the army. Ten years after later it drew up and ratified its own bylaws, and it underwent successive reforms in 1732, 1793, 1913, 1966, and finally 1978. It was the first of the maestranzas de caballería to gain the privilege of being led by a member of the Spanish monarchy, in 1730.

Since the outset, the institution has also organized many public events in the city of Sevilla, and it was one of the first groups to sponsor equestrian sports there. One of its most noteworthy contributions was the creation of the Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla.

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