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Mercado Central de Santiago

The Mercado Central de Santiago is the central market of Santiago de Chile. It was opened in 1872 and Fermín Vivaceta was in charge of its construction. The market replaced the Plaza del Abasto, which was destroyed by a fire in 1864.[1]

Central Market of Santiago
Mercado Central de Santiago
2017 Santiago de Chile - Entrada principal del Mercado Central.jpg
North façade
General information
ClassificationHistorical Monument
Town or citySantiago
Coordinates33°26′1″S 70°39′4″W / 33.43361°S 70.65111°W / -33.43361; -70.65111
Construction started1869
Technical details
Structural systemCast iron
Floor count2
Design and construction
ArchitectFermín Vivaceta
Structural engineerManuel Aldunate y Avaria

The market is housed in a building in which its main feature is a cast-iron roof and supporting structure, which was fabricated by the Scottish firm R Laidlaw & Sons, Glasgow.[1] Edward Woods and Charles Henry Driver took part in the design of the structure.[1]

The metal structure stands on a square base and features a vaulted ceiling. Its intricate roof design consists of a central pyramidal roof crowned by a domed tower, which is surrounded by 8 smaller roofs with a two-tier design. The structure is enclosed by a masonry building.


  1. ^ a b c Guedes, Pedro (2006). "El Mercado Central de Santiago: Antes de su embarque a Chile". ARQ (Santiago) (64): 10–16. doi:10.4067/S0717-69962006000300002. ISSN 0717-6996. Retrieved 16 May 2012.

Coordinates: 33°26′1.26″S 70°39′3.70″W / 33.4336833°S 70.6510278°W / -33.4336833; -70.6510278