Mercado Sur - Palacio de Cristal
Old market and currently an art gallery, declared part of the city's heritage
A totally transparent palace
Given the guayaquilean tradition of changing the names of emblematic places, it could prove difficult asking for Mercado Sur, now known as Palacio de Cristal, located on the Malecón 2000 promenade. The original wrought iron structure was built in 1907 and had an architectural style that was related to the school of Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the famous Parisian tower. Originally, this wholesalers market stood out for the street sellers that offered more illusions that real products, sharing space and cries with the fishermen and greengrocers. After a century of history and deterioration, the market was totally restored to become the Palacio de Cristal that you can visit today. You no longer find the throng of fishermen and farmers with its characteristic mix of odours because it was destined to turn into an Artistic Exhibition Centre. However, the buying and selling still goes on there: with its well organised shops of handicrafts and flowers.
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