Friday, July 30, 2010

San Juan de Dios Market

The San Juan de Dios Market is a very important center in Guadalajara. It was designed by Arq. Alejandro Zohn and constructed during the early 1950's.

Sent by Irma, a Facebook friend from Guadalajara in Mexico.

This is from Wikipedia : Mercado Libertad, better known as Mercado San Juan de Dios (San Juan de Dios Market) is located in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It is one of the largest indoor markets in the country with an area of 4000 m².

Most vendors in the market allow haggling, and many articles can be found at discounted prices. The market was inaugurated on December 30, 1958 and was designed by the architect Alejandro Zohn.

There are approximately two thousand nine hundred eighty posts in the market, selling clothing, eyeglasses, shoes, movies, video games, CDs, electrical goods, and many other types of items. The lower level includes stands selling typical foods of Guadalajara, such as tortas ahogadas (drowned sandwiches), perhaps the most typical dish from Jalisco, as well as tacos, pozole, and other foods.

The market has three levels and two parking lots.

The first level has a section that includes stalls selling typical groceries and sweets as well as an area of stalls selling crafts. The second level includes small restaurants and food stalls selling typical Mexican dishes. The third level, the most recent addition, includes stalls selling imported goods, clothes, electronics, music, movies, computer equipment, paint, shoes, etc.

The market is open every day of the year and is visited by residents and tourists largely attracted by the craft stalls.

The market was laid out so as to have each floor have a theme, i.e. a floor for jewelry, candy, crafts, huaraches, etc. and another just for food, and a third for imported goods.

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