The Central Market has its origin in the Arab trade and it was consolidated in the year 1344. It soon became an example in all Europe and traders from the whole continent came to deal in the neighborhood streets.
In 1882, the Valencia City Council opened a design contest to build a market completely covered since the rise of the upper-classes and its necessity to show its riches and welfare inconvenienced the Valencian Society. The building was finished in 1914.
The metal structure building houses 959 stands with a total of 8,160 square meters built, including the offices attached to the Market. A framework of beams and iron meshes allow a coverage of domes of great amplitude, the central one rises 30 meters from the ground and the main nave is 18 meters high. The shapes, with a lot of plastic and optical effect and abundant decoration of ceramic, iron and glass, characterize this brilliant monument; at the same time modernist and sensitive to a progressive utilitarianism, and according to the same author, a late and brilliant example “from the right artistic point of view of the Valencian upper-class modernist language”.
However, it is a market adapted to the 21st century, despite being a clear image of traditional commerce allows online shopping and home delivery. A service that brings the client closer to an institution with more than 700 years of history.