Opened in 1876, the Old Born market was the first large-scale cast-iron building to be erected in Barcelona. It fulfilled its role as a market for 95 years, which can be divided into two periods, first being the local market for the neighbourhood of La Ribera, and later, as of 1921, becoming Barcelona’s main wholesale market for fruit and vegetables.
But this is not the whole story of this building, which would never have been built if the lands taken up by the Ciutadella military fortress had not been reclaimed for public use, and which, before reopening as a cultural centre, waited for thirty years as its future was debated and discussed at length.
In this section, you can find out more and even relive the most significant aspects of the history of the El Born market, the first of Barcelona’s cast-iron market buildings, now listed as a Local Heritage Site.
1876 / 1971