1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Trip Start Oct 04, 2010
Trip End Nov 15, 2010

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Malaga Fish Market

Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A stop on my Malaga Bike Tour. We were told we were stopping at the market to walk around for a few minutes. I was amazed as I entered, Booth after booth I had never seen sealife so fresh in or out of the sea like this before.there must have been 60 vendors. At first I strolled in awh, then I picked up the pace in excitement taking pictures and speaking broken english with the vendors. The loved that I was actually speaking with them. The colors of the fish were colors I could not even describe. I never made it to the meat and produce section before I had to meet back with my group. I spent my whole time in seafood amazed. Check out my pictures.

A little history

One of Malaga's architectural gems, the market is easily missed on a busy weekday morning. The streets leading to and from the building bustle and beep with traffic, tourists, workers and shoppers and your eyes will probably stay fixed at street level. Look up, however, or better, return in the early afternoon when the market and shops are shut, and you can appreciate the successful melding of 14th century Moorish architecture with 19th century industrial design.

The main entrance, an imposing horseshoe archway in off-white marble, is in fact the only remaining part of what was once a grand seven-arched shipyard - ataranzas in Arabic and old Castellano. A shipyard? In the middle of the city? Amazingly, even as late as the 18th century the sea reached right up to the present-day market, and fishermen sat alongside the south-facing wall of the building and cast their lines into the Malage˝an waters.

From shipyard to market, Ataranzas underwent many transformations. Following the fall of the city to the Catholics in 1487, a convent was set up there, but apparently the sound of the waves distracted the faithful from their prayers. More appropriately perhaps, the building was then turned into a huge military fort for storing weapons. Later, it became a hospital and even housed a medical school.

Sadly, by the 19th century the original structure had largely fallen into disrepair and in 1868 the revolutionary government of the time ordered the remaining ruins to be pulled down to make way for a modern and spacious market. Thanks to the efforts of the architect Joaquin Rucoba, the last horseshoe arch was saved. Rucoba rebuilt this, placing it at the centre of the southern fašade, and then completed the building in Arabic style, with slatted, arched windows and panels, but using the most modern of 19th century building materials: iron.
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eunice on

while I look at all these goodies I can almost taste them. ANd you happiness still shines in every picture. You are great.

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