Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Municipal Market of São Paulo... Mercado Municipal de São Paulo...

The Municipal Market of São Paulo ( Mercado Municipal de São Paulo) also known as "Mercadão", in Downtown São Paulo, is an impressive building in the neoclassical style, measuring over 22 thousand square meters in area, tastefully outfitted and boasting a collection of beautiful stained glass windows. The construction was begin in 1928 and ended in 1932 and was conceived by the architect Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo.

 



The Market is nationwide known for its diversity of aromas, colors and flavors, offering fruits, vegetables, legumes, wines, cheeses, chocolates, meats, fish, seafood, poultry, sausages, spices, condiments and a large number of products sold in emporiums.



The Municipal Market of São Paulo confirms its vocation for grastronomy and tourism. There are more than 600,000 visitors per month and 3,000 employees ready to serve them. In the wholesale section, about 300 tons of food are bought every day by free market traders, greengrocers and renowned restaurateurs in the country.












The Market is most noted for its 55 big stained-glass windows depicting scenes of cattle raising, market gardening and coffee and banana plantations. You can see here the Mercado Municipal site, in Portuguese.

Those eight photos above were taken by Carlos Mascaro




Facade of the Municipal Market of São Paulo

 

29 comments:

  1. Hi Sonia

    Here is a beautiful place I've not been to. I use to see the markets in the cities I visit, but I didn't in São Paulo. That was a mistale. The other one is that I've never consuidered to post on Lisbon. But now that I'm travelling much less than I used to, I should start thinking on posting about Lisbon...
    All the best
    Trotter

    PS: Obrigado pelo comentário no Blogtrotter. Deixei lá uma resposta a propósito do uso do inglês!

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  2. Sonia, eu nunca tive o prazer de ir a esse mercado. Ele eh muito, muito lindo! E deve ser recheado de coisas deliciosas e cheirosas! Um dia irei la. beijao,

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  3. Sonia, what a wonderful place to shop! I love the stained-glass windows.

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  4. Sônia, é mesmo muito bonito NOSSO mercado. Agora as fotos do Carlos estão de arrasar. Parabéns aos dois!

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  5. Sônia, obrigado pela visita ao VARAL.
    Gostaria de sugerir, que visite um blog, que estou recomendando no VARAL, chamado BALEIA FRANCA.
    Depois me de suas impressões sôbre ele!Bjs.

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  6. Sonia, eu gostaria de passar uma tarde lá passeando entre os corredores e fotografando... e depois comer um pastel bem recheado no final! Beijos!

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  7. What a beautiful market! Looks like it would be very fun to shop there.

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  8. Gday Sonia
    OH what a beautiful building to have a market in. You can shop without getting wet or the sun beating down on you. Take care Hugs

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  9. What a fabulous looking market.
    Love and smiles across the miles.
    Love Jeanne ^j^

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  10. What an amazing market Sonia! Thanks for these wonderful pictures. We can travel the world without leaving home!
    The windows are so beautiful.

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  11. What a beautiful place. Thanks for taking me there. I could almost smell the fruits!

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  12. Sonia, as fotos são maravilhosas!
    Adoro o Mercado da Cantareira e toda vez que vou a São Paulo procuro ir até lá. Além de bonito, as frutas e iguarias são de dar água na boca, sem contar o famoso pastel de bacalhau ou o sanduíche de mortadela. Adorei!
    Beijos.

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  13. What a fantastic Market, Sonua...I don't think I have ever seen anything like it, anywhere! It is so HUGE amd seems to have just about anything you could ever want or dream of wanting! YUMMY! (lol)
    Great pictures, too...I love that stained glass window.

    How do you get the pictures to be so big when you click on them? I LOVE THAT!
    Thanks so much for sharing this, my dear.

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  14. Oh I could have so much fun shopping there. Thanks for sharing those images with us.

    Take care,
    Connie

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  15. I love shopping, they are lovely pictures maybe one day.. I might get there.

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  16. Looks lovely. I would love to hav a browse around. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

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  17. Sonia,

    Thank you and your husband for another beautiful post about São Paulo. Please allow me to add that the market recently received the addition of a mezzanine, with a food plaza where visitors can appreciate the stained glass windows while they taste, among other delicacies, two famous specialties: the mortadella sandwich (1/4 kg, more than 1/2 lb, of mortadella, you have to see it to believe it), and the codfish pastel (thin dough pastry).

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  18. What a fabulous market building, inside and out. We have markets here too but they are all very chaotic looking and (to me) are not fun. But the Mercado is one market I would love to see. The photographs are beautifully done. Thank you for this post!

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  19. This market looks so interesting. The photo of the fruit and vegetable stand is so colorful and inviting. What a nice place to shop and/or just hang out.

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  20. What a HUGE WONDERFUL market ...I can just imagine the sounds and smells!

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  21. What a fabulous looking market ... I think I would have fun there (and spend too much money !!!)
    Take care, Meow

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  22. Hallo S,
    I want to go shopping now!

    I think my fav. photo is the tea urn.....sparkle, sparkle!

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  23. Wow! Sonia, thanks for the note about your other blog -- I'm so glad that you're keeping this one! Every time I visit, I just think: WOW! AMAZING! (I might even drool a little -- just kidding, heh-heh). Seriously, your/your husband's photos are fantastic! Plus, you are fantastic, too -- that's why I'm glad we can still drop in on you via this blog!

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  24. Oh Wow Sonia!! What a market that is. So huge. I have never seen one so big with so many items. Truly amazing. The stained glass windows are dazzlings as well. Thanks for the lovely pictures Sonia!! Wonderful photography!!

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  25. My favourite is the shot you took of the fruit stall from overhead. The colours are fantastic.

    What an amazing place to shop. It looks a lot more exciting than the average British supermarket, that's for sure.

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  26. Hi Sonia ~ what a gorgeous building. I love it's architecture and of course, would definitely adore spending a day there, soaking in the sites, tastes, sounds and smells.

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  27. Hi Sonia ~ what a gorgeous building. I love it's architecture and of course, would definitely adore spending a day there, soaking in the sites, tastes, sounds and smells.

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  28. I easily imagine how pleasant it is to go shopping in such a wonderful market ! The photos are marvellous !

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