Mercado Central de Salamanca (Salamanca Central Market), Salamanca
In 1899 it was decided to build the covered market of today. Provincial architect D. Joaquin de Vargas Aguirre designed the project, favoring a style of 19th-century iron modernism. The market was finally inaugurated in April 1909. The style followed that imposed by Les Halles in Paris in 1866. Iron markets were becoming popular in Spain.
The goals of the architecture were simplicity, good ventilation, and protection of the goods from the weather. The area of the market is about 19,000 square feet. The iron market takes a form like a huge metal umbrella. It uses a system of latticed beams converging in a rectangular skylight cover held up by 12 cast-iron columns.
The Central Market is built on two floors. It has 41 open stands, 37 of which offer cod, pickles, a bar, meats, bread and pasta, vegetables and fruit, legumes and preserves, fish, seafood, and cheeses. There are Morucha meats, Hinojosa cheese, Guijuelo ham, La Armuna lentils, and beans from Alberca. Four stalls sell non-food miscellaneous items.
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