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Hala Targowa: Early Concrete Architecture
The market hall by the bridge to Sand Island was built in 1908 and designed by city architect Richard Plüddemann. The exterior uses a traditional style of brick architecture which makes many think that the building is older and only the interior redesigned - it isn't, it was all built at once. The interior is an early example of armed concrete architecture. A structure of parabole-shaped arches and beams supports the roof of the wide hall.
The interior could do with a cleaning and some fresh paint to make its appearance more pleasant. Nevertheless the construction is impressive. Climb up to the surrounding gallery for a better view.
The market hall is a good place for grocery shopping. The various stalls sell all sorts of food, also household items, or flowers. Within the hall they are grouped together by "species", the fruit and vegetables shops are the closest to the main entrance. The far end is the realm of the florists, whose business also includes funeral wreaths and large flower bouquets for events. You can look at samples on display. Being there at the end of the hall has practical reasons: the vans for deliveries can be parked and loaded right outside the back exit.
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An Early use of Concrete
The first thing that you notice when walking into the Market Hall is the concrete arches that support its roof. Re-inforced concrete is not usually regarded as an aesthetic material but I found myself liking its use in here. It has an almost church-like feel to it. Moreover, concrete had only started being used as a building material just a couple of years before so it would have been a brave man who thought of using it in such a place as this.
Built between 1906-08 on the site of the old arsenal, it was designed by the city architect Richard Pluddemann with a traditional brick exterior. On the ground floor the stalls overflow with local produce whilst upstairs there's a mish-mash of things for sale that you'll probably never need but it's worth going up there just to look down on the fruit, veg and flowers down below.
I'd be surprised if you don't find yourself in this area at some point because the bridge opposite transports you over the Oder to Sand Island and Ostrow Tumski so why not grab a few goodies from the market and sit on a bench overlooking the river and Cathedral with a picnic. You'll be glad you did.
Market Hall (Hala Targowa)
The Market Hall (Hala Targowa) is a modern Brick Gothic building which was completed in 1908. On the ground level you find stalls full of homemade Polish delicacies, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. There even is a small cafe near the entrance.
From the upper level with its handicraft stalls you have a nice view down to the bustling market activities.
The Market Hall is located at the corner of Piaskowa Street and Ducha street, just in Wroclaw's Old Town (Stare Miasto). There is a busy tram stop right in front of the Market Hall.
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Market Hall - Hala Targowa
It's a pity that in many places in the world, traditional market halls just have stalls with cheap clothes and even cheaper plastic items from Asia. Therefore, I like the market halls in Poland which have also household items, but also a variety of other stalls like butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers and maybe a little café. Hala Targowa is surely one of this sort and if you like such places, Wroclaw's market hall won't disappoint you. The market hall was built between 1906 and 1908 by Richard Pluddemann, an almost identical market hall which also stood in Wroclaw was destroyed in WWII.
Hala Targowa (Market Hall) was built in 1906 - 1908. Designed by Richard Pluddemann. The Hall was built to make one market place in the city. Almost the same Hall was built in Kolejowa street in Wroclaw (designed also by the same artist) but it was destroyed in 1945.
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The Market Hall was completed in 1908. The inside reminds me of the Covered Market in Oxford with its stalls displaying a large amounts of fruit, vegetables and flowers. It is a busy and colourful place that is well worth a visit, just to view the vast array of produce. Upstairs on the first floors there are stalls selling handicrafts.
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