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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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The eye II by Carlosmacr

Whenever i manage to “see” some of this kind architecture and i think in all of these beautiful photos i am not able to see and miss, i remember of Alfon No and Juandevillalba, both 500px user who master this kind of photography.
Made with my chinese mobile phone 🙂

Cuando soy capaz de ver algo de esto y pienso en todas las que no llego a ver aun teniéndolas delante pienso en Alfon No y Juandevillalba y la habilidad que tienen para ver donde para otros no hay.

Hecha con mi teléfono móvil chino 🙂

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Hyatt III by pamastro

The lobby of the Royal Dearborn Hotel. It opened in 1976 as a Hyatt Regency, complete with its own monorail connecting it to the neighboring Fairlane Shopping Center. It was designed by Charles Luckman with the open lobby concept popularized by John Portman. Today the monorail and Hyatt name are both just memories but the hotel still stays open.

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Den Bell by michaeljacobs

Belgium, Antwerp, spiral staircacse of Den Bell looking down

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Den Bell by michaeljacobs

Belgium, Antwerp, spiral staircacse of Den Bell looking down

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Villa Manolita (Fuensanta, Albacete, Spain) by FranciscoGarciaRios

Música (abrir en nueva pestaña) / Music (Open link in new tab): Our House – Madness.
This modernist palace, which is called villa Manolita (also known as los Mañas House) was built at the beginning of the 20th Century, and it is located in Fuensanta, a village in northern Albacete (Castilla La Mancha, Spain).
Its appearance keeps obvious similarities with the charasteristic manor houses from early twenty Century in Northern Spain , which were mostly built by the “Indianos”(spanish emigrants returned from America), after their return from America, having made a fortune.

The building is municipal property. After being restored in 2003, and until very recent times (January 2015), it was dedicated to the hospitality industry, hosting a rural Hotel and a restaurant, offering an incomparable setting with a very special charm. Nowadays this building remains closed.

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En la localidad de Fuensanta, situada al Norte de la provincia de Albacete, se halla este palacete de estilo modernista, construido a principios del siglo XX, que por nombre lleva el de illa Manolita aunque es conocido también como a Casa de los Mañas

Su apariencia guarda evidentes similitudes con la de las casa señorial de principios del Siglo XX, que tan comunes son el Norte de España, y que fueron en su mayoría construidas por los ndianos al suyo retorno de las Américas tras haber hecho fortuna.

El edificio es de propiedad municipal. Tras ser restaurado en 2003, y hasta tiempos muy recientes (Enero del 2015), estuvo dedicado a la hostelería, albergando un establecimiento de alojamiento rural y un restaurante, a los que el incomparable marco que el palacete supone, dotaba de un muy particular encanto. Actualmente, el edificio permanece cerrado.

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