The new Born Market

The Born Market first opened in 1876 to mark the demolition of the strength of La Ciutadella. Its construction from glass and steel contributed to turn La Ribera into a more modern and urban neighborhood, as well as giving a twist to the traditional concept of monumentality touch. From the time of its opening until 1921, the market activity focused mainly on selling fish, but it was difficult to achieve economic purposes and it was not as busy as Santa Caterina and La Boqueria markets. In the twentieth century, Barcelona needed to supply the excess demand for fruit and vegetables. Thus, in 1921 the market entered a new phase with a wholesale market.

This emblematic Barcelona market has had a number of changes that have marked its history and that of the city. It represented one of the largest wholesale fruit and vegetable markets in the city until the establishment of the Free Zone Mercabarna in 1971. During the 80s the market suffered a slight remodeling and fitted out the interior space for conducting exhibitions, becoming a cultural center. During the 90s, the market remained closed until 2002, when the decision to install the Barcelona Provincial Library in that space was taken. During the works, important archaeological remains of the medieval era were found in an almost perfect state of preservation and led to declare the market as a Cultural Asset of National Interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia in 2006.

Restos arqueológicos medievales en el interior del mercado del Born (Autor: )

Autor: Freddy Monteiro / photo on flickr


After the discovery, in early 2011 a remodeling market began to adapt and make it current Born cultural center (BCC), which ended the works and opened in 2013. New Born Market is a cultural space that gives us the ability to transport us to the eighteenth century. It has a covered square, which you can walk free, side aisles, which render the archaeological remains from above, the area of the remains, with a cost set to walk among them, and a permanent exhibition called Barcelona 1700. De les pederes a les persones (Barcelona 1700 from stones to people), which also has a price list.

Visiting this market is a whole wealth of experience, because you can enjoy the essence of the Middle Ages, the grandeur of the original structure of the nineteenth century and the current reform all at the same time.


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