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PHOTOS: The First Municipal Market, a center of life and commerce for more than 1 century!

During the Ottoman occupation, Limassolians used to get their groceries from the various shops in the city and sometimes from the salesmen in the streets. This scenery changed in the early years of English domination when the city began to grow rapidly and the need for the construction of a Municipal Market created.

The Municipal Market, or Old Market as it is now widely known, brought a special liveliness in the area. People used to go there to buy different goods, but also to enjoy relaxed moments of chatting along coffee. The traffic at the Market was beginning very early, sometimes even before dawn. That time the greengrocers were gathering, waiting for the producers to bring their vegetables with their donkeys. In that way, people could find fruit and vegetables in every kind and proceed with their purchases before they would start their work.

The Market impressed with the imposing, elongated building and the 2 central entrances with the high vaulted ceilings, causing the interest and admiration of the people. Over time, the whole area grew and the Market, vibrating with life, hosted grocery stores, butchers and fish shops, while slowly took the form of a busy square with many restaurants, coffee shops, vendors and craftsmen.

The construction of the First Municipal Market was decided in 1879, when Christodoulos Karidis was the Mayor of Limassol. However, the building was inaugurated several years later, in 1917, changing forever the atmosphere and the image of the city center. After the first years of its operation, the Market continued to expand gradually until 1947 when it took its present form, while years later the building restored preserving though its original architecture form.

Although today the Old Market is on the "ventilator" with efforts to be revived and operated again, the area doesn’t devoid of life and intense pulse. Saripolou Square, located next to the Market, is one of the most popular nightlife destinations in the city with many bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. Find out more information about Saripolou Square here.

Source of information: Limassolinhistory, Tasos Andreou, "Limassol – Memory Flashback", 2009
Historical photos: Pattichion Municipal Museum - Historical Archive - Limassol Study Center

* NOTE: The articles of the Project "History of Limassol" present information that has emerged from historical research thus far. Any new data is embedded into the articles, once it has been confirmed.



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