Saturday, December 24, 2011

BARCELONA MODERNISM: MERCAT DE LA BOQUERIA


La Rambla’s history is the Boqueria Market’s history. The evolution from a past of peddlers to a modern and charming present, full of colour and life. The market is a metaphor for Barcelona’s life, a human river that is the delight for those who like watching.



Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona
El Mercat de la Boqueria is a space full of life, history and unquestionable architectural value and one of the largest markets in Barcelona


The first of Barcelona’s local markets was opened on Saint Joseph’s day, on the 19th of March 1840, after four years of work on the land that was up until then occupied by Saint Joseph’s convent. However, the history goes back a good few years before, because on the site on Rambla where the market is today, there were already peddlers selling meat in the thirteenth century.

Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona
A modernist detail close to the main entrance of El Mercat de la Boqueria


Marquis Campo Sagrado, Catalonia’s general captain, started to establish the rules for this travelling market in an area that became a large square after the convent was gone. With time the Boqueria Market of Barcelona transformed itself in a modern market. It incorporated the gas illumination and the metal cover was finished in 1914. This metal cover as well as protecting food, sellers and buyers, gives character to the market.


Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona
Nowadays, sellers proudly show the oldest and most complete food market of Barcelona

Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona
Sellers in El Mercat de la Boqueria offer us vegetables, meat, fish and thousands of other products in stalls with great charm and imaginative presentation

Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona
All kind of vegetables and fruit gives a really colourful look to El Mercat de la Boqueria


I also would like to give you some useful information about El Mercat de la Boqueria:

  • Address: La Rambla, 89 bis - Plaça de la Boqueria.
  • Phone: 933 182 584 / 933 182 017.
  • How to get there: Metro L3, stop Liceu. Bus 14, 59 and 91.
  • Web site: www.boqueria.info.
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm.
Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more Modernist nice buildings along the Modernism Route.


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