When visiting Madrid and going out on a tour by its streets, you can’t miss a visit to its markets, the most important in tourism terms is the so-called “Mercado de San Miguel”, which due to its privileged location, its architecture and history has become a reference in Madrid.
We show you 5 facts about this beautiful market.
1 – ORIGINS OF THE MARKET
Before becoming the building that we know today, at this spot, there was a church, called San Miguel de los Octoes, where Lope de Vega was baptized, which later suffered a fire; and in 1809, in the time of Joseph Bonaparte, was demolished. The market was named after this church as “Mercado de San Miguel”.
2 – THE MARKET THAT MADRID NEEDED
Since the fire, a whole century passed until the works of the current San Miguel Market began. The refurbishing of the building was of great help to solve the sanitation and health problems that were produced by having an open market where the few hygienic cares of the dependents produced bad smell and dirt that displeased many.
3 – WORKS AND INAUGURATION
The architect Alfonso Dubé y Díez was in charge of the refurbishing works following the style of the Parisian markets built with iron and glass. Works began in 1909 and the building was inaugurated on May 13, 1916.
4 – THE DECLINE
The market, at the end of the 20th century, began a period of decline due to the expansion of businesses in its surrounds and despite attempts to reactivate, had to close its doors for a decade.
5 – THE NEW SAN MIGUEL MARKET
A group of local business peoples buy the old building and take the idea of the La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, the concept of what this site represents is redesigned. Again on May 13, 2009, it opens its doors once again, leaving behind its essence as a market to become a cultural culinary center and one of the most important tourist sites in Madrid.
ADDRESS: Plaza de San Miguel s/n
OPENING HOURS: Sunday to Wednesday from 10:00 to 24:00h / Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 h
WEB SITE: http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/