ablar the origin and history of the Mercado de la Conception, leads inevitably to talk about the origin and history of the neighborhood where it is located: the Eixample. Until the early nineteenth century the city of Barcelona is located, more or less sufficient in the walls that delimited, but with the onset of industrialization, urban space that was small to accommodate him new factories and growth of the population that then took place. The space beyond the walls, was considered a military zone and as such, it buildings were prohibited. This implied that many factories and new homes for workers, were installed in neighboring towns like Gràcia, Sants, Sant Martí, Sant Andreu, etc. The relationship between Barcelona and these people were very intense, as confirmed by the existence of roads and regular transport services between them, such as linking the city with grace and having its output in Portal del Angel. The current Paseo de Gràcia (then old way of Gràcia) was a busy thoroughfare and in that area by trees, the locals would walk and distracted in his spare time. In 1854 and in a short period of progressive government, the walls of the city of Barcelona were demolished, fulfilling an already old claim that had accompanied many republican and liberal proclamations for many years. Still, it was not until 1859 that allows a development project to widen the city. This project first was organized by the City of Barcelona and won by architect Antoni Rovira i Trias was finally imposed by the central government, which had parallel convened another contest for the same work and had won the engineer Cerdà . Following the backlash to this imposition, was launched their work, which would be a development project considered later as a model in the history of European urbanism. Cerdà planning by a large imaginary rectangle of horizontal and vertical parallel streets, forming a set of square houses, with shaped chamfer angles and forming a sort of beehive, crossed by streets and three large extended roads. With planning to build only two sides of each table, and the rest inside the "apples" were green areas and residential houses only had to have three stories high, in order to allow light to enter Solar to lower floors.
At the same time, Cerdà, who was a socialist not utopian, showing great rigor, planned sharing service areas such as markets, social and administrative centers, churches and other, dividing them equally for easy access and proximity of the future neighbors. In 1871, built, or rather the Gothic Church of the Conception is reconstruyó-, being moved stone by stone from its old location inside the old city. In 1884 the City Council buys all areas of the block next door (Aragon / Bruc / Valencia / Girona), mainly land belonged to Joan Pla i Moreau. This purchase was motivated by the need to locate here on a market-even when Cerdà have not planned on a principle-because this was by then the most populated area around the new district. The area now known as the Right of the Eixample, was in those early days, the neighborhood of the bourgeoisie, which introduced its own style houses: Modernism, which was a reflection of the time of such vitality and growth in the history of Barcelona . Joan Pla (1843-1911) was a lawyer and lived at number 57 on the street Girona, and was master of a huge fortune, as evidenced by the 26 houses he owned in the Eixample, and the "apple" in which will be located the Mercado de la Conception. Pla transferred all their land, why the City Council dedicated the passage that stood in the middle portion of the resulting constructs were made. The project Market of Conception, which received its name from the neighboring church, was commissioned to Antoni Rovira and Trias, architect who had also undertaken the project of Sant Antoni market and as seen above, was the winner contest that the City Council had called for the drafting of the widening of the city. The work focused on a metal structure made ​​by the industry Sant Andreu Terrestrial and Marine Machinist, was inaugurated in 1888.


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