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Quincy Market, Boston

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Quincy Market is a historic market complex near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It was constructed in 1824 - 26 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. The market was designated a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its significance as one of the largest market complexes built in the United States in the first half of the 19th century.HistoryBy the time Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822, downtown commercial demand had grown beyond the capacity of Faneuil Hall. To provide an expansion of shop space Quincy Market was built, as an indoor pavilion of vendor stalls.Designed by Alexander Parris, the main building was built immediately east of and "behind" Faneuil Hall which at the time sat next to the waterfront at the town dock. In an early example of Boston's tendency for territorial growth via landfill, part of the harbor was filled in with dirt to provide a plot of land for the market. The commercial growth spawned by the new marketplace led to the reconstruction or addition of six city streets.From its beginning, the Market was largely used as a produce and foodstuff shopping center, with various grocers of such goods as eggs, cheese, and bread lining its inside walls. Digging performed for expansion of the market in the late 1970s uncovered evidence of animal bones, suggesting that butchering work was done on-site. In addition, street vendors took up space outside the building in its plazas and against its outside walls. Some surviving signs of early food and supplies merchants hang today in the upstairs seating hall.
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  • Like many other markets Quincy market is quite attractive. Very busy with locals and visitors they offer great selection of clean fresh meat and fish. There are also restaurants where you can seat and...  more »
  • You can't come here and not find a decent cup of New England clam chowder soup. It can get crowded here depending on the hour since so many people come here for lunch. You can buy stuff and hang outsi...  more »
  • A site that is a must in Boston. You can try all kinds of foods. Excellent atmosphere and can also appreciate the excellent street performers.
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  • If you are looking for a fun with food day out. This is the right place in South Boston. You get to taste so many cuisine in a single place.
  • Really fun and lively place. Good selection of food places. Definitely gets crowded at peak times
  • Crowded food area place. Wonderful aroma of food. Will stain into clothes so you have been warned. Try Boston chowda for lobster roll.
  • The shopping area is clearly for tourists. I didn't care for this market myself, but if you like novelty items and the kind of common goods sold in tourist areas, this place is for you. I would recommend to at least check it out. The surrounding areas are nice and they have more stores, which are the usual stores you see in malls.
  • One of the most amazing places to visit in Boston. The atmosphere and the history are great. Tons of choices on food. Great uniqlo store. Really really a must see