Mercado Central de Santiago

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Central Market of Santiago
Mercado Central de Santiago
North façade
General information
Classification Historical Monument
Town or city Santiago
Country Chile
Coordinates 33°26′1″S 70°39′4″W / 33.43361°S 70.65111°W / -33.43361; -70.65111
Construction started 1869
Completed 1872
Technical details
Structural system Cast iron
Floor count 2
Design and construction
Architect Fermín Vivaceta
Structural engineer Manuel Aldunate y Avaria

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]

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. ISSN 0717-6996. doi:10.4067/S0717-69962006000300002. 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