old market place
from the archives of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography
The medieval market square was an early example of an urban social space. In the earliest manifestations, it served to consolidate, organise and define standards for a city’s food supply. The market hall extended a tradition in which, “in its robust simplicity”, as Fernand Braudel explained, [the elementary market] is the most direct and transparent form of exchange, the most closely supervised and the least open to deception.”