La Boqueria in Barcelona, the second largest market in Europe

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La Boqueria © flickr.com - Alain Rouiller/cc-by-sa-2.0

La Boqueria © flickr.com – Alain Rouiller/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona and one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods. La Boqueria ist the second largest market in Europa, after Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam.

The first mention of the Boqueria market in Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. From December 1470 onwards, a pig market was held at this site; at this time it was known as Mercat Bornet. Later, until 1794, it was known simply as Mercat de la Palla, or straw market. In the beginning, the market was not enclosed and had no official status, being regarded simply as an extension of the Plaça Nova market, which extended to the Plaça del Pi.

Mercat de la Boqueria © Bautsch La Boqueria © Balou46/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mercat de la Boqueria © Felix Guntrum/cc-by-sa-2.5 La Boqueria © Freepenguin/cc-by-sa-3.0 La Boqueria © Dungodung La Boqueria © flickr.com - Alain Rouiller/cc-by-sa-2.0 La Boqueria - Columnes © Josep Renalias/cc-by-sa-3.0
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La Boqueria © flickr.com - Alain Rouiller/cc-by-sa-2.0
Later, the authorities decided to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. It was not until 1826 that the market was legally recognized, and a convention held in 1835 decided to build an official structure. Construction began on March 19, 1840 under the direction of the architect Mas Vilà. The market officially opened in the same year, but the plans for the building were modified many times.

The inauguration of the structure finally took place in 1853. A new fish market opened in 1911, and the metal roof that still exists today was constructed in 1914.

Read more on barcelona.com – Boqueria Market and Wikipedia La Boqueria (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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