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Mercado de San Miguel
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Mercado de San Miguel is a covered market in central Madrid, Spain, that dates back to the early 20th century. Located in the historic city center and a short stroll from the Plaza Mayor, this is by far the most popular of all covered markets in the Spanish capital. This former traditional market has been transformed into a modern shopping venue, selling all kinds of food products, from seafood and tapas to cocktails and cheeses. The Mercado de San Miguel is classified as a Property of Cultural Interest.
HistoryThe name of the market comes from the 13th-century church known as Iglesia de San Miguel de los Octoes, which was located at the same spot. In 1790, the church was irreparably damaged during the huge fire that destroyed the nearby Plaza Mayor. People tried to renovate the church, though. However, in 1809, King Joseph Bonaparte , brother of Napoleon, ordered the church to be demolished after the royal architect, Juan de Villanueva had concluded that the building was unsafe.
The open area that was created was soon occupied by a fish market. Plans for a covered market were being drawn as early as 1835, but it would take until 1913 for construction to start. The new covered market opened in 1916 and, consisting of granite floor, an iron frame and wooden roof, it was modern for its time.
Visiting the Mercado de San MiguelNowadays, the Mercado de San Miguel is the last remaining iron market hall in Madrid. After its existence was threatened by modern supermarkets, the Al Gastronomo de San Miguel group was founded in 2003. They transformed the market into a tourist attraction. It now houses 33 vendors, selling food, such as fish, meat; pasta, tapas; beer, cocktails; etcetera. Additionally, there are also a few cafés, bars, and mini-restaurants offering specialty foods and drinks.
This monumental covered market can be visited every day of the week, all year round. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, the market is open from 10 a0 feet to midnight. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, it can be visited between 10 a0 feet and 2 a0 feet
How to Get ThereThe Mercado de San Miguel is located a few steps from the Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the city center. It can be reached on foot from anywhere in central Madrid. The nearest subway station is situated underneath the Puerta del Sol.
Similar and Nearby LandmarksNearby landmarks that shouldn’t be missed are the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza de la Villa, and the Royal Palace Madrid. A little further afield, yet still accessible on foot, are the magnificent Buen Retiro Park, the world-class Prado Museum, and the monumental Gran Via.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Apr 02, 2015