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History of the San Camilo Market, Arequipa.

San Camilo market
San Camilo market

Mercado San Camilo was designed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. (The same one that built the famous Eifel Tower in Paris, France). The market was built on the land of what was a church and cloisters of the order of the Camilos parents that began to be built in 1905. The San Camilo Market is considered a Monumental Historical Heritage Representative of Public Civil Architecture. It is one of the oldest markets in the city with an age of 130 years.

Since the city of Arequipa was founded, it did not have a large supply center, but market purchases were made in the Pulperías (today similar to a warehouse) and on Sundays in the Plaza Mayor, where awnings were seen of the sales stalls of the peddlers (street vendors) that sold staple foods, in the background the portals of the municipality whose heights were closed arches with windows, which were used as offices of the notaries (today's notaries), and on top on top The dome and tower of the Church of the Company The church and cloisters occupied by the order of the Camillian fathers could not be restored after the earthquake of 1868, and everything had to collapse to build the Market of supplies of the city between 1905 and 1910, which remains today with the name Mercado de San Camilo.

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