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A Story about Barcelona : The Big Market Of Saint Joseph - La Boqueria

Posted by: Hotel Curious at 2009-12-17

The Hotel Curious shares with you a part of the history of The Boqueria Market, the most famous market in Barcelona, just 5 steps away from our hotel on the wellknown Ramblas.

The Boqueria Market is the first of the Barcelona's market network to be build with this kind of structure. Over the years, La Boqueria has become the most emblematic market in Barcelona.

The Boqueria Market, as it is known today, has been through many phases of life. Where this market comes from is uncertain, what we are sure of is that it was born as a travelling market, placed in the Ramblas of Barcelona. La Rambla acquired growing importance as a pedestrian lane, and the market was set in the best place to attract the large numbers of passers-by and local inhabitants.
But the spaces inside the city at that time were too small to establish a big market of the current Boqueria kind and it was necessary to set it outside the walls.
As the market's popularity grew, the competition between the old greengrocers and the new ones within the market grew increasingly fierce. The decision was made to split the market between two nearby squares behind the Palau de la Virreina.

But, when the destrctions of the convent of Sant Josep and the convent of the Carmelitas took place in 1835 and 1836, the Boqueria Market finally got a place to be for good. It was replaced by a square very much alike the Plaza Real which explains the presence of the porches and the high columns that circle the actual market.

On St. Joseph's day in 1840 the first stone of the market of la Boqueria was placed and the work kept going on till 1914 when the modernist metal roof was inaugurated. The display of the Boqueria Market has been studied so the fishes and butchers' shop would not be on the front side. This was an old will of the King Carlos IV who found it disgusting and the tradition still applies.

As of today, the structure, the situation, and the salesmen turn it into an obligated must-see for all the tourists who visit our city. This market is, for the people of Barcelona, the suggestion of strong family memories. It's entwined with the city's history, of all our families, their popular traditions and celebrations. The present salesmen are mostly, of the third and fourth generation of salesmen of the market. They are the union of the past with the present.

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