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La Boqueria’s rival in La Ribera, this fresh-food market is a little easier to navigate, if only because it is smaller. It is no less thorough, though prices might be marginally lower. On one side of the market is an archaeological site, another in the collection of the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat (see Plaça Reial, above). The excavations trace Barcelona culture from the Bronze Age to present. Chief among the ruins are the Dominican monastery of Santa Caterina, established here in 1219 and torn down in the anti-clerical fervor in 1835. In 1845, the site was used to erect the city’s second enclosed market. The interpretive site, enclosed in glass on one side of the food market, is open Monday through Friday 10am to 2pm and Tuesday and Thursday 4 to 8pm. Admission is free.