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February 5, 2020

A Basilica at Brugge, Belgium!

So in my rambling road warrior trips to Belgium on personal trips as on business took the Thalys  , I end up trying the Flemish city of Brugge or Bruges in French.  I happened to visit because of an important football player was going to have dinner and was to meet him and his family at a Spanish restaurant there! And that is how I end up knowing Brugge!

Before that, my trips there business or personal was at Brussels. It has been a while now base in France my subsequent trips have been plenty and we love to visit the country of Belgium. However on one particular trip to Brugge we end up doing a lot of walking as usual by us and came upon a very nice encounter. I like to tell you, finally, a bit of the Basilica of the Holy Blood

The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a pilgrimage place from a long time, explaining the procession of the Holy Blood and located on place du Bourg in Brugge, Belgium.

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A bit of history I always like

Originally, there was a chapel dedicated to Saint-Basile, in the Romanesque style, erected at the beginning of the 12C. During the same century, it was built according to the wish of the then Count of Flanders, Thierry d’Alsace, who had brought back the relic of the Holy Blood because it was found in the Holy Land during the second crusade. This relic is brought back from Jerusalem by Leonius of Furnes, chaplain of Thierry d’Alsace then preserved in these places since 1150. Subsequently, the building was altered several times, as shown by the transitional style of its Gothic and Renaissance façade. Originally a simple church,it was raised to the rank of Basilica of the Holy Blood in 1923.

It is rather small and can best be describe as having on the ground floor, the Saint-Basile Chapel or Lower Chapel that has kept its Romanesque style and its imposing cylindrical pillars. It contains a bas-relief, dating from around 1300, which represents the baptism of Christ as well as a polychrome wooden Virgin.

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Apart from a 12C Romanesque crypt, the basilica is continued by a beautiful spiral staircase from 1530 allowing access to the Chapel of the Holy Blood or Upper Chapel, in Gothic style and dating from 1480. This was also of Romanesque origin before being transformed; it allows you to discover the relic of the Holy Blood.

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Every last Sunday of the month, a Mass in Latin according to the Tridentine rite (called Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) is celebrated there by priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.

You can read up more info here to help you plan your trip and it is a must to visit

Official Basilica of the Holy Blood

Tourist office of Brugge on the Basilica of the Holy Blood

And there you go folks another dandy in Brugge and my Europe to make it a must to visit. The whole area surrounding the Basilica of the Holy Blood is wonderful for walking ans soak in the history and architecture of the place. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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February 5, 2020

And we have Key West!

And finally I got the idea to write about a very lointime and favorite city of my life’s travel and residency. As I lived in different points in Florida for 18 years and 13 years in NJ i have come here often. Family still have boats base there, and I last saw in 2002. Therefore , the pictures are before that. However, like to keep it in my blog for the souvenirs, memories, recuerdos of my life. Let me tell you a bit about Key West Florida.

There is plenty to see here other than museum , aquariums, and beach activities. My coming here was to do fish barbecues after boating and coming back to landfill in the mangroves to do the cooking, awesome. I did also scuba diving in those years and jet ski riding. Many folks comes for the beaches and the fact of its closesness to Cuba and the tropical party ambiance. Key West is special and worth the detour. I like to tell you more on the historical aspect of it as I am afraid for the tourist look you need to look up updated information.

Key West is located at the western end of the Florida Keys archipelago in the State of Florida USA. The city occupies the whole of the last of the islands from which it takes its name, as well as a set of islets surrounding it. The portion of Stock Island north of Federal Highway 1 (US 1 commonly call), Fleming Key and Sigsbee Park to the north (two military grounds with restricted access) and Sunset Key (formerly called Tank Island and with limited access to residents) to the west are part of the city of Key West , it is also the county seat of Monroe County. The city is known for being the southernmost point of the contiguous United States and the southern terminal of Highway 1. Located 207 km (about 128 miles) from Miami and 170 km (about 105 miles) from Havana, Cuba, it offers an incomparable strategic position on the Strait of Florida less than 150 km (about 93 miles) from the coast of Cuba.

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A bit of history I like

Before the Spanish arrived on the North American continent, the island was populated by the Calusa Indians. Spotted by Ponce de Leon in 1521, it was only sporadically occupied by fishermen and wreck hunters during the Spanish era. Originally called “Cayo Hueso”  (and still call in Spanish today) that is to say island of bones by the Spanish because of the many bones they found there when they arrived, vestiges of battles between natives or Spaniards, the name was changed by the English in Key West, according to some because the pronunciation of the Spanish word hueso was close to the English word west, according to others because of the geographical position of the island.

In 1763, when Florida came under British control (Treaty of Paris in exchange for Cuba), Spanish and Native Americans who occupied the island were expelled to Cuba. When Florida returned to the Spanish again twenty years later, the island was only sporadically inhabited without permanent colonization. Fishermen from Cuba or the Bahamas, then later after the independence of the United States, others from the Atlantic coast, used the island as a seasonal refuge. In 1815, the governor of Havana gave the island to Juan Pablo Salas, an artillery officer of the Spanish navy stationed in Saint Augustine, Florida (oldest city in the USA 1565) . Salas hastened to sell the island when Florida came under US control. In fact, he sold it to an American merchant, John W. Simonton, whom he met in a tavern in Havana, for a sum equivalent to $ 2,000 ,at the time a huge sum (the amount has not been corroborated) .

John Whitehead had spoken to Simonton, about the strategic position it occupied on the Strait of Florida when he had discovered it during a sinking in 1819. It was the deep-water port that had especially impressed and he compared to a West Gibraltar. On March 25, 1822, Matthew C. Perry arrived in Key West on the USS Shark and took possession of the island on behalf of the United States.

John Simonton subdivided the island into plots which he sold to: John Whitehead, a friend who had advised him to buy the island, John Fleeming, an English merchant of Mobile in Alabama, John Mountain and John Warner who resold immediately their plot to Pardon C. Greene. It was the latter alone who made Key West his permanent residence and who became a successful merchant and for a time mayor of the city. The names of these four “Fathers of the Modern City” as we like to call them, are found in Key West today and were given to the arteries of the historic district during the first cadastre established in 1829 by William Adee Whitehead, a younger brother of John Whitehead. This cadastre is still in force today and has undergone few modifications. Fleming Street is however spelled with a single “e”. The main street that crosses the historic district from north to south was named after the first governor of Florida, William Pope Duval, governor from 1822 to 1834 as Duval Street.

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During the American Civil War, while Florida joined Confederation in January 1861, Key West and its naval base remained under Union control. Fort Zachary Taylor, built from 1845 to 1866, played an important role during the conflict. Two other fortifications, the Martello East and West Towers, were built from 1861 to serve as a depot for arms and batteries annexed to Fort Taylor. They were later connected to the fort by a railway to facilitate the movement of ammunition. Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, located 110 km from Key West (halfway almost to Cuba), served as a prison at the end of the Civil War and his most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, accused of conspiracy for treating the Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

The term Conchs like the eponymous seashell applies to natives of the Bahamas of European descent. These are the “Conchs” who arrived in large numbers after 1830 and populated Key West. The term today applies to the inhabitants of Key West in general but distinguishes the clean natives or “Conchs” and the long-standing inhabitants but born elsewhere or “Freshwater Conchs” that is to say conch of fresh water. Towards the end of the 19C, the cigar industry replaced the salt works and the shipwreck trade. The arrival of many Cubans during this period of rebellion against Spanish domination (Ten Years’ War, then War of Independence) provided an expert workforce for this industry. In 1890 the population of Key West was close to 18,800, half of whom were of Cuban origin. Nearly 200 factories produced a hundred million cigars annually. José Martí, the father of Cuban independence, came to Key West several times to recruit volunteers for the cause and founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party there. It was from Key West that the battleship Maine left, which sank in the port of Havana and started the Spanish-American War. The Maine crew is buried in Key West Cemetery. The annex was renamed Truman Annex and still bears that name today. The Cuban revolution of 1959 breathed new life into the naval air base and Key West rediscovered the strategic role of wartime. In November 1962, John Fitzgerald Kennedy visited Key West a month after the Cuban missile affair was resolved. Key West remained a base for the many Cuban exiles arriving by sea from 1960 to 1980.

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There are typical neighborhoods such as the New Town on the eastern part of the island (mistakenly referred to as the north), most of which has been reclaimed from mangroves and lagoons, constitutes the new districts for the most part residential and commercial along Roosevelt Boulevard with the centers shopping, many hotels, sports fields and the airport.   Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and one of the city’s most photographed attractions is the landmark that marks this geographic point. In addition, the legend on the terminal indicates that the Cuban coast is “90 miles” according to the famous phrase of President Kennedy during the missile crisis, when it is actually 93 miles, or 150 km. And of course  ,do not miss Mallory square!!!and that is me!!!

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key west

One nice way to see the city main points and come back for more and something we have followed in many cities and countries is the little train ride and of course Key West has a good one !

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key west

There is also a nice small aquarium which I found one photo here

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In 1931 the house on Whitehead Street that you could visit today was a wedding present for the couple Hemingway who had previously occupied a room above the Ford garage on Simonton Street. The swimming pool Hemingway built there would have cost $ 20,000, an extravagant sum in the 1930s.

Charles Thompson, a hardware store owner, and Joe Russell, a bar owner – the famous owner of Sloppy Joe’s , introduced him to big game fishing. Joe Russell would have inspired the character of Freddy in To have it or not, a novel also strongly inspired by the Key West of the years of crisis. It was also during this period that Ernest Hemingway acquired the nickname “Papà”. It is estimated that it is in Key West that almost 70% of his works were written, in particular The Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, The Snow of Kilimanjaro, The Green Hills of Africa or For Whom the Bell Tolls. After his divorce in 1940 and the loss of his house, he rarely returned to Key West, preferring Havana. The polydactyl cats that surround the Hemingway house are believed to be descendants of Snowball, Hemingway’s cat. Like the novelist’s home, they are a typical Key West attraction.

Another famous imprint here was that of Tennessee Williams who came to Key West from 1941 and around 1947 reportedly began sketching A Streetcar Named Desire while he was staying at the La Concha hotel on Duval Street. In 1949, he bought the house on Duncan Street and made it his legal home until his death in 1983. Tennessee Williams’ house is a modest new town bungalow with no particular appeal. Today it is a private residence which is not open to the public. While Hemingway and Williams frequented Key West concurrently, they only met on one occasion in Havana, on Hemingway’s property, Finca Vigia.(west of Havana today controlled by the government).

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

City of Key West on heritage

Tourist office of the Florida Keys on Key West

Tourist office of Florida on Key West

Tourist office of the USA on Key West

There you go , there is a world to discover at Key West a small space full of history, tropical architecture, and just plain tropical fun , and this is just one tip of the wonderful Florida keys! Hope you can enjoy it one day.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

February 5, 2020

Some news from France, CCXCX

And back to my lovely series now in its run 300!! thanks to all my readers, appreciated. This is the way I get to tell you things to see ,do and know about my belle France without heavy links and photos. Hope you enjoy it as I do. And now the presentation of today CCXCX=300!!!

I start off with great dear news for me personally. The city council of Versailles voted an envelope of 3.5 M € to start the restoration works of the Notre Dame Church , but also another of 466 000 € for the organ. The church has suffered for many years from the aging of its structures. One of the roofs of the church on the left is also covered with nets. Good news to take care the symbols of France!

And how about Valentine’s day nothing better than in the city of love, Paris. Because those of last year had made us laugh all the same, return this year with, we hope, as many cute new messages as very funny ones to come on the billboards of the city of Paris. Declare your flame to your other half, dear friend, it’s now or never. You have until February 11 at 18h to write your sweet word in 140 characters maximum. The most beautiful compositions will be displayed on the city’s 120 light panels throughout the day of February 14. Send your words of love here: https://formulaires.paris.fr/formulaires/173?deco=brand

And of course, to be on the level ground, not all is la vie en rose even in Paris. They have problems too. And the arrivals and immigrant continue to be a problem in Europe and Paris in particular. Another 427 exiles were evacuated from the Porte de la Villette camp and the Saint-Denis canal 19éme, this past Tuesday, the last in Paris. The premises have been placed under police surveillance, but some doubt the sustainability of this type of use can be maintained. Me too, more action is needed.

On much better subjects I take you close and far to home!

At Meudon, dept 92 Hauts de Seine, the Wagner’s old house transformed into a vessel by its owner! Spiral staircases as masts, a bay window in the shape of a veil and a mezzanine as a prow. The interior of the building pays homage to the famous German composer, who lived there in 1841. Richard Wagner composes The Ghost Ship here. As part of the Wagner exhibition at the art and history museum, the owner of the composer’s former home welcomed the curious to the house.  You know this is a great area for walks into history and arts , not far from here at rue des Capucins, Stravinsky and Debussy played piano Le Sacre du Printemps or The Rite of Spring, on June 2, 1912. Of course, this event is passé but a good reminder to stop by the house here is the city of Meudon info on the event: City of Meudon on the Wagner’s house

His official association today has more info in French on the house and stays in Meudon: Richard Wagner association on the house of Meudon

The Villa Majorelle, built at the beginning of the 20C, reopens on February 15 after works. The opportunity to rediscover the city of Lorraine through its architectural gems made of curves and ornaments. Iconic house of Nancy’s Art Nouveau, it was built for cabinetmaker Louis Majorelle in 1901-1902 by the young architect Henri Sauvage ,then only 26 yrs old. More here in the School Museum of Nancy: School Museum of Nancy on the Villa Majorelle

And big time not a tourist event but very serious for us especially in these days of strikes and government inactions the Municipal Elections of France will be held!

The French and European voters registered on the electoral lists elect the municipal councilors (in Paris, it is the councilors of Paris), then these councilors elect the mayor. The next municipal elections are scheduled for March 15 and 22, 2020. The municipal councilors are elected for a 6-year term by direct universal suffrage by French and European voters registered on the electoral lists. The figure of the municipal population authenticated before the election is that established on January 1, 2020 for the municipal elections which will take place in March 2020. Cities from 5,000 to 9,999 inhabitants such as mine elects 29! The mayor is elected by the municipal councilors from among their number.   A second round is organized if none of the lists has reached 50% in the first round. Only lists having obtained at least 10% can be presented. At the end of the 2nd round, the top list obtains half the seats. The rest is distributed proportionally among all the lists having obtained at least 5% of the votes. So we go to vote again and hope to make a difference, voter is a right we all should do it and understand not always will win but democracy is important. One famous do not recall the name now once said, Democracy is the rule of the majority with the rights of the minority!

And for the home boys/girls there is always to note as we did too while living there. Those with the Navigo pass could take advantage of the unzipping of the Navigo Pass, which makes it possible to cross the whole of Ile-de-France region on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. A great way to see places for no extra payment!!! And if your French is ok, the official site tells you all about it! Official Navigo transports

Something magically wonderful today and done right in my capital city of Vannes, Morbihan 56, glorious!!! And visitors can enjoy it too. The playground of Tohannic Park in Vannes, inaugurated at the end of December 2019, offers nothing more spectacular. It is, however, the first of its size in France, in public space. Its outdoor games around thirty, on 750 square meters are inclusive as they say now; in short, accessible to all with or without a disability, and regardless of this disability. Not tourist oriented but feel great to tell you all this is in my capital city of Vannes , Morbihan 56!!! Here is more in French at the city of Vannes page:City of Vannes on Tohannic Park

And there is more in my beautiful Paris:

About sixty works will be divided into several sections (stocks, raw materials, work, values and exchanges) to take an incisive and vigilant look at the challenges that the images conceal. Echoing the work of the same , Le Supermarché des Images promises to make us explore the different facets of this constantly changing universe, and to take a freeze-frame on the complex issues of it. The Supermarket of Images Jeu de Paume Museum, Place de la Concorde(inside Jardin des Tuileries)  8éme. From 11 February to 7 June 2020 More info here: http://www.jeudepaume.org/index.php?page=article&idArt=3349

In this emblematic museum of the 9éme arrondissement, around thirty artists including Annette Messager, Niki de Saint Phalle or Pierre and Gilles will come to exhibit around forty works with a common theme, the Heart. Very fitting in lovely February!!! Expression of the feeling of love, organ or simple symbol, these works will take place in a journey that will make the public feel the multiple nuances of the thrilling. Among the works, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, neon creations or photographs will be part of a journey formed around a story about love and its main themes (seduction, declaration, eroticism …) which will continue in the whole museum and garden. Hearts, romanticism in contemporary art ,Musée de la vie romantique, 16, rue Chaptal 9éme. From February 14 to July 12, 2020. More info here: http://museevieromantique.paris.fr/fr/les-expositions/exposition-c%C5%93urs-2020

Something new on the culinary front of Paris and great innovations for the French market.

Located in the heart of the 5éme arrondissement, the bar will be dedicated to cookie dough and will only offer cookie dough without cooking to be tasted directly in a jar. Just a few years ago, Megan Villiot, fashion blogger and influencer, discovered by chance the concept of the raw cookie dough bar while strolling through the streets of San Francisco. Big fan of Cookie Dough ice cream but still frustrated by the very small amount of cookies inside, she decides to secretly launch her own store of raw cookie dough.See it taste it at  Cupkie ,26, rue Monge 5éme. Opened last December 4 .More info here: https://cupkie.fr/

A soft and generous brioche that surrounds a perfectly cooked and simmered dish, this is the new gourmet concept that Margaux, former restaurant chef and passionate about cooking, offers in her BAB brioche bar in the 8éme arrondissement. Open for only one month, this small, warm canteen offers salty and sweet treats, each more enticing than the other. All the products are selected with particular attention. They are organic, local, seasonal and everything is homemade! Besides, the menu changes even with the seasons. They want to use environmentally friendly products and limit waste as much as possible. BAB, Bar à Brioches, 8, rue la Boétie 8éme. Monday to Friday 8h to 17h. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/lebarabrioches/

And for Pizza lovers like us. For the second edition of the competition for the best pizza in Paris, La Manifattura in Montparnasse 14éme won the coveted prize, followed closely by Eataly Marais, and That’s Life. For the second consecutive year, the Associazione Culturale Medea, created by Antonio Castronovo and Marcello Zaccagnigni, has named its list of the best pizzerias in Paris. La Manifattura located in Montparnasse has established itself as the king of pizza in a modern and industrial setting. The menu is long, the prices vary barely open, here is the Manifattura already sacred. Pizzerias are like it was raining; Paris is full of little nuggets that open every day, but which restaurants are really worth the detour? Beyond the fast food side it represents, pizza is an art. “Cucina Italiana Senza Frontiere”, we try to remind ourselves. Behind the Manifattura follow Eataly Marais, That’s Life, Tripletta, Filomena, and O’Bottega. Addresses tested and validated by a jury of chefs, mostly Italian. The winner is at La Manifattura 106, boulevard du Montparnasse 14éme. More info here : https://lamanifattura-paris.com/

Spinning the English way on the French Riviera,some of the favorite English places , this is a sampler of the very British. Will see if with Brexit it continues…me think it will.

Who remembers the Duke of Albany? This royal offspring, Victoria’s last son and eighth child, was sent to Cannes ,Alpes-Maritimes dept 06 , during the winter of 1884, by a doctor who followed British fashion then. It was a question of letting the children of the aristocracy whose fragile health could not take advantage of the cold winters of England enjoy the sun of the French Riviera. Last, the young duke was hemophiliac, and a banal accident, not far from the current Palais des Festivals, caused his death at 30 years old, by hemorrhage. The Anglican Church of Saint George, at the bottom of Californie on Avenue du roi Albert Ier, was built in his memory and received, upon its completion, the visit of the bereaved queen, in 1887. Buried at Windsor Castle, the prince remained in Cannes only in the form of a white marble recumbent figure which imbued the Saint-Georges Church with romantic nostalgia. The Saint-Georges Church is difficult to access today: it became Catholic in the 1970s, it is only open during services, but you have to go there to discover the district of California and take advantage of the perspectives which open towards the sea during the ride.

From the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel , you only have to walk thirty minutes west, passing by the beautiful Forville market, to reach the Villa Eléonore-Louise, at the rear of 24, avenue du Docteur Picaud. Transformed into a condominium and now separated from the sea by multiple constructions, this small castle is the oldest British resort in the city. Its builder, Lord Brougham, originally wanted to go to Italy. Stranded in Cannes, he settled there and lived there until his death, bringing the social life of the small fishing port to heights that he will never leave. Henry Brougham has his statue on rue Félix-Faure, and his grave in the Grand Jas cemetery, on the heights of the city. In the Anglican square, the Lord’s last home is surmounted by a colossal cross surrounded by four cypresses. Around him lie young English men and women of good families, mostly tuberculosis, whom the sun did not save but who accompanies them forever. With Château Vallombrosa and Château Scott, avenue Maréchal-Juin, the Grand Jas cemetery is an essential stop on an English pilgrimage to Cannes.

In Menton, nothing is happier than the cemetery of the Vieux-Château. Completely dilapidated, the Anglican tombs are installed on the site of an old medieval fortress. The last home of the inventor of modern Rugby, William Webb Ellis, flowered as on the first day and dressed in bloodless jerseys, contributes to the charm of the place. From the discovery of the Condamine district –   The City of Menton, Edward VII Avenue still indicates an enamel plaque, passing by the old Anglican church to the sublime Serre de la Madone garden, Menton has many memories of the English .

In Nice, the Negresco hotel, on the Promenade des Anglais, arrived after the battle. By 1913 it was too late, the golden age of the British in the city of Carnival had passed. At the Massena museum, next door, a portrait of  Queen Victoria is next to an advertising poster for the Excelsior Hotel Regina, in Nice-Cimiez, built in 1895 precisely to house the sovereign in its west wing. The hotel, transformed into apartments in the 1930s because it was too far from the sea, still overlooks the beautiful districts. But the most vibrant and fragile legacy of the English presence in the city is the small library of the Anglican church in rue de la Buffa. The English-American Library of Nice keeps some 20,000 books in a wet basement thanks to the dedication of volunteers.

The door of the Mougins Museum of Classical Art, devoted to sculptures and objects from Antiquity accumulated by Chris Levett, an English collector who fell in love with this village hanging on the heights of Cannes. He has created and staged this little above ground gem which has been a great success. Also in Mougins, it is still the English, Mark and Tina Silver, who own a five-star spa hotel facing the snow-capped mountains, the Mas Candille, whose prices are lower in winter .

And there you , the English in Provence an ever ending tradition that now will be continue regardless of Brexit me think.

Hope you enjoy the reading and again thank you for your loyal following over the years. And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

February 5, 2020

Mercado Publico de San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

So staying in my beloved Spain and wonderful worldly San Lorenzo de El Escorial; I like to tell you more. It always amazes me of posts I make and concentrate on one major monument in the city or two leaving behind some wonderful architecturally and historically stunning buildings. This is the cas of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its Mercado Publico de San Lorenzo. I like to finally tell you a bit more about it: hope you enjoy it as I.

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The architectural and historical significance of it makes me turn to find it. We did walking the wonderful streets of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Hope you enjoy market shopping as we do anywhere! Below my translation of the tourist office. At the end of the 18C, the city of San Lorenzo de El Escorial promotes its last great work for the common of the neighbors, which consists of a large house for the storage of wines, genres of Abacería shop; fish, bacon and other bouquets and rooms.

 

In 1797 the urban center of San Lorenzo was already consolidated, which made it impossible to find a central place in which to build the building, so the place occupied by the overseer was chosen for its placement. The project is entrusted to Juan de Villanueva and his works are developed between 1797 and 1806. In the construction highlights the main facade made of granite ashlars, access through a large central arch and the arches that form the inner courtyard.  Due to the increase in the number of students of the School of Children of First Letters of the Casa de los Soportales (Royal supporters committee) since 1794, the governor propose its transfer to this building, commissioning Juan de Villanueva to lift a new plant in 1806 which was accessed by Calle Francisco Muñoz.

Both the educational and commercial functions are maintained until, in 1873, the poor state of the same forces the City Council to auction its reconstruction. After this work, which will cover the inner courtyard, it becomes a building appreciated for its adequate conditioning. During the Spanish Civil War it had to suffer certain damages due to his abandonment, losing his superior glazing.

In 1949 the Mayor of San Lorenzo de El Escorial requested the realization of different works to prevent its collapse. In this way the glazed roof is recovered by means of a skylight, the second floor is closed with the current gallery and a “T” staircase is introduced between the first two levels. Shortly after the new skylight sinks because of a great snowfall.  One of the largest repair works is carried out in 1967, again because of the risk of the roof collapsing. At that time the alley called Repeso is covered, which was located between the Market and the Cuartel de Inválidos (handicapped barracks), covering the needs of commercial space that arise at this time.

The tourist office page on the Mercado is here: Tourist office of San Lorenzo on the Mercado Publico in English

There you another wonderful place very near all the major points in the city and we got some churros there!!! while waiting for lunch !!!

San Lorenzo

Many posts on San Lorenzo de El Escorial and this Mercado needed to show more, I did. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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