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El Mercat del Born (Barcelona, Catalonia) by marcgc

It might seem odd to find archaeological ruins like these inside a beautiful modernist building, but everything in Barcelona has a history and a reason.

The building is the old “Mercat del Born,” a public market and one of the most important buildings in the city. Constructed mostly of iron, and located in the lower eastern side of the la Ribera neighborhood, it is the largest covered square in all the Europe and marked the start of the Modernism in Catalan architecture. Designed by Josep Fontserè i Mestre in 1873, it was completed and opened to the public in 1878. After serving as a wholesale market for years, it closed in 1971 because of the opening of Mercabarna in another part of the city.

In 2002, the local city council decided to put the old building to use and made plans for a new library. However, they change their minds after the discovery of the extensive medieval ruins under the building. The ruins were part of the Ribera district, an area that was demolished in the early eighteenth century after the defeat of Catalonia in the War of Succession in 1714. The goal was to make space for the construction of the Ciutadella military structure, as ordered by the new Spanish King, Philip V.

The official inauguration of the restored market was September 11, 2013, the 299th anniversary of the fall of Barcelona following its siege, which marked the end of an independent Catalonia state and the start of nearly three centuries of suppression of Catalan autonomy by the Spanish Kingdom.

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Souk Lights by blackchallenge

SOUK QARYAT AL BERI is a Part of the Shangri-La Hotel complex in the UAE capital’s Khor Al Maqta area, this is a contemporary adaptation of a typical Arabian market, with abras (water taxis) ferrying you round the waterside complex via meandering man-made canals.
The architecture of the two-level souk is a fusion of Arabian and Venetian themes. Enjoy a wide array of restaurants and cafes – most of which have stunning Grand Canal and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque views – as well as many shops and stalls selling everything from jewelry and accessories to clothes, perfumes, antiques, furniture and carpets.

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Hong Kong Street Colours by tchebotarev

Famous street market in Hong Kong. I love how different all the colours are in Hong Kong at night — from cold blue fluorescent, to deep dark skies, to yellow, red, purple, and pink on the streets with all the signs and logos glowing.

Shot somewhere in Kowloon 🙂

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Arabian Night by blackchallenge

A Unique Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Destination at Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort of Dubai. Souk Madinat Jumeirah is an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, located in the heart of Madinat Jumeirah The Arabian Resort, Dubai. Visitors enter a world reminiscent of ancient Arabia through sight, smell and sound as sunlight peeks in through the wood carved archways showcasing intricate Arabic architectural design.

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