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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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Interior of the Lodares Passage (II) (Albacete, Spain). by FranciscoGarciaRios

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The picture shows a view of the Lodares Passage interior from Mayor Street gate.
The Lodares Passage is a residential and commercial gallery in the heart of Albacete from 1925, connecting Mayor and Tinte streets. It is lavishly decorated with historicist (classic and neo baroque) and modernist elements. The Lodares Passage in Albacete, together with the Gutiérrez Passage in Valladolid and the Passage of Ciclón in Zaragoza, are the only three surviving examples in Spain of this type of original european modernist galleries from late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
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Vista del interior del Pasaje de Lodares de Albacete, desde la portada de la Calle Mayor.
El Pasaje de Lodares es una galería comercial y residencial que, desde 1925, en pleno corazón de la ciudad de Albacete, une las dos céntricas calles Mayor y Tinte. Se halla profusamente decorado con motivos historicistas (clásicos y neo-barrocos) y modernistas. El Pasaje de Lodares de Albacete, junto con el Pasaje Gutiérrez de Valladolid y el Pasaje del Ciclón de Zaragoza, son los únicos tres ejemplos en España de este tipo de original arquitectura, según modelo europeo, de estilo modernista de finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX.

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Villa Manolita (Fuensanta, Albacete, Spain) by FranciscoGarciaRios

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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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