20 Minutes in Santiago’s Mercado Central
the WordPress Photo Challenge for the week is ‘Future Tense’, asking us to catch a glimpse of the proverbial shape of things to come. When I watched this gentleman weighing some fish for a customer at the Mercado Central, or Central Market, in Santiago last week, I was only thinking about what a stupendous meal some fortunate souls were about to have.
While it’s known simply as the Mercado Central, it serves primarily as a fish market. Id’ guess that upwards of eighty percent of the items on offer were fish or seafood, along with dozens of small restaurants that served up fish and seafood. Built in 1872, its most interesting feature is its roof design which consists of a central pyramid crowned by a domed tower.
This is very much a working market, and it’s busy, so don’t be put off by the lively aromas and wet floors. Bill Clinton visited here in 1998 and it didn’t bother him.
Its website (Spanish only) is here. A few more snaps below.