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12 Fun Facts About Mazatlan's Central Market

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12 Fun Facts About Mazatlan's Central Market

Sophia Boccard

mercado municipal / central market mazatlan

If you plan on visiting Mazatlan, you must make a stop to the Central Market or Mercado Municipal located in Mazatlan's Historic Center. Steps from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the corner of Benito Juarez and Leandro Valle, the hustle and bustle of the Market can sometime's overwhelm the unassuming spectator. It's time to put on our big boy pants and hustle through the Market as it will be a highlight of your trip. Here are some fun facts about the Market so you can walk the aisles knowing a little bit of the building's history. 

  1. Central Market officially opened on May 5, 1900.
  2. The market was built using similar techniques that helped build the Eiffel Tower back in 1887.  
  3. At the time of it's inception, Mazatlan was the richest city in the country and could afford the luxury of building a new modern market.
  4. It cost a total of $116,453.40 USD to build the Market back in 1899 which equates to $3,261,968.95 USD in 2014. 
  5. Porfirio Diaz, who was President of Mexico at the time, was a lover of all things French so it was only fitting that the building was designed Art Nouveau-style.
  6. Locals began to call it the Iron Palace, check out these numbers to see why: 143,000 kg of cast iron, 38,000 kg of wrought iron, 49,530 kg of corrugated iron sheets, & 584 cubic meters of masonry was used to build the original structure.
  7. The building sits on 29 individual columns (care to count them all?) and each column is about 30 feet tall.
  8. Central Market's official name is Mercado Pino Suarez, named after Jose Maria Pino Suarez, the Vice President of Mexico who was killed in 1913 during the Mexican Revolution.
  9. The Market is approximately 1/3 the size of the famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.
  10. There are 250+ vendors who sell everything from hats & jewelry to fresh produces & meat, a feature that remains a constant since it's inauguration. 
  11. Thousands of locals, or rather "Mazatlecos", visit the Central Market each day for their daily grocery shopping. 
  12. A fire broke out January 21, 2010 and destroyed 11 vendors. Thankfully no one was injured and because the Market is protected under the Preservation Act, immediate restoration took place and the structure looks as good as new.