Loule's municipal market. Loule, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
Idealised by the architect Mota Gomes, and planned in the late 19th century, the Municipal Market was Loul�'s most striking architectural work of the first decade of the 20th century.
It was built in neo-Arabian style with certain Art Nouveau connotations, and contains four pavilions and four gates. Its size was intended to symbolise the extent and prosperity of the council area.
Following a recent overall refurbishment and improvement to enhance its features, this stately building has staged countless events and initiatives such as the "Live Cooking" programme, aimed at not only taking advantage of the ample, elegant spaces that highlight it, but also promoting the variety and quality of the produce that are on display daily for sale to both local and foreign consumers.
The Loul� Municipal Market has played - and continues to play - an important economic role amongst many families within the council area, stretching over several generations with ties to the building. It also served a vital community function as it is also a place to meet and socialise, an outstanding example of a public area and remarkable symbol of the city, as well as a place of both individual and collective memories.
In view of its location and salient architectural image, it is the building that most characterises the city of Loul�. In general, those born in the Council area have a strong affectionate connection with the Market, derived directly or indirectly from memories linked to a place that has involved a remarkable history as well as many lives.
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November 25th, 2012
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