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La Boqueria

El Mercat de Sant Josep, popularment conegut com la Boqueria, és un mercat municipal que es troba al costat de la Rambla de Barcelona. A part d'un lloc per comprar tot tipus de productes frescos també és una atracció turística.
La superfície assoleix els 2.583 m² amb més de 300 parades ofertant una gran varietat de productes casolans i exòtics, tant als compradors particulars com per als restauradors de la ciutat. És el mercat més gran de Catalunya, el més variat en oferta alimentària, i també el més visitat pels turistes.
Ubicat al Districte de Ciutat Vella, el Mercat de Sant Josep és un conjunt d'edificis ubicat a la Plaça de Sant Josep, ubicada entre La Rambla i la Plaça de la Gardunya.
Aquest mercat fou inaugurat l'any 1836, però té els seus orígens a l'aire lliure, davant el Portal de la Boqueria, a l'esplanada del Pla de la Boqueria on venedors ambulants i pagesos dels pobles i masies properes s'hi instal·laven amb la finalitat de vendre els seus productes, abans que la ciutat se sortís de les seves primeres muralles.
Actualment la pressió turística estressa la convivència entre venedors, clients i la gran quantitat de turistes que ho visiten.

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Catalonia, and one of the city's foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceo, Barcelona's opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.
The first mention of the Boqueria market in Barcelona dates from 1217, when tables were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. From December 1470 onwards, a pig market was held at this site; at this time it was known as Mercadi Bornet. Later, until 1794, it was known simply as Mercat de la Palla, or straw market. In the beginning, the market was not enclosed and had no official status, being regarded simply as an extension of the Plaça Nova market, which extended to the Plaça del Pi. The current name is believed to derive from the Catalan boc, meaning "goat", therefore a boqueria would be a place where goat meat is sold.
Later, the authorities decided to construct a separate market on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. It was not until 1826 that the market was legally recognized, and a convention held in 1835 decided to build an official structure. Construction began on March 19, 1840 under the direction of the architect Mas Vilá. The market officially opened in the same year, but the plans for the building were modified many times. The inauguration of the structure finally took place in 1853. A new fish market opened in 1911, and the metal roof that still exists today was constructed in 1914.
At present, the tourist pressure stresses the coexistence between sellers, customers and the large number of tourists who visit it.