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A futuristic covered marketRotterdam
Inaugurated in October 2014, the Markthal is Rotterdam's newest attraction. On entering this 11 story complex you'll immediately understand why shopping will never be the same again.
A sales area of 12,000 m2
The Rotterdam architecture firm MVRDV designed the Markthal's impressive horseshoe-shaped arch. The 40-metre high natural stone façade covers 12,000 m² of all the best Holland has to offer in food and restaurants. The heart of the Markthal is the ground floor market. It hosts about 100 fresh food stalls and is lined with attractive brasseries and small food shops. There is a supermarket and a few major Dutch brands in the basement. The first floor is reserved for restaurants and for the "De wereld van de smaak" (The world of taste) cooking school where you can take all kinds of workshops. The upper floors have luxury flats, half of which have windows facing the covered market.
An arch worthy of Michelangelo
However, the undisputed star of the market is the fresco decorating the arch. It was designed by the Dutch artist Arno Coenen and is at least as impressive as the one in the Sistine Chapel. Except that, in this case, the images are all digital The work of art is the largest of its kind in the world (it covers an area the size of two soccer pitches). It is made up of 4000 square panels of 1.5 m each fastened to the ceiling and the walls with steel cables. Entitled the "Horn of Plenty", it's an ode to the fresh products sold at the Markthal. Sip a coffee and take the time to discover this sky lit up with giant strawberries, wheat germ, butterflies and bucolic flowers. You'll leave the Markthal more relaxed than you would have believed!
Open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
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