4.4
Grand Bazaar
Historic Site
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The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı or Büyük Çarşı) is one of the world’s oldest and largest indoor markets. With 11 gated entrances, 64 streets and around 4,000 shops covering 40,000 square meters, there are endless opportunities to bargain for a quality souvenir. Construction of the bazaar began in 1461, after Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror captured the city. It grew from there and went onto become the center of Mediterranean commerce up until the first half of the 19th century. Historically, the shops were clustered according to guild in different sections, hans or streets. Gold sellers sat side-by-side, as did leather sellers, silver makers, jewelers and more. Much of this layout survives to the present day. Set aside at least three hours to take pictures, buy souvenirs and get lost in the way this vast and wondrous bazaar touches all the five sense! The Grand Bazaar is open everyday except Sunday.
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Based on 7921 Travellers Review
Nov 5, 2016
critiqueamin
What a place, endless markets for clothes, jewellery, shoes, trainers, food, perfumes and so much more. This would probably take a few days to conquer. In my short time in this place, I was getting... read more>>
Nov 5, 2016
255068Karen
Fascinating place to see but not necessarily to buy. It is well worth the look. It is so bright ,colourful and can be a bit overwhelming with some of the products. It took 6 years to build and is the... read more>>
Nov 4, 2016
Christopher M
It is an interesting place. But be aware this is a place to bargain, talk and talk. This is a place with aggressive shop owners, who promise too much, and are very persistent. It has it charms. And... read more>>
Nov 4, 2016
rendomorph
You need to go deep into the bazaar as the outskirts are more 'touristy'. Like most of the sites we saw there are very few overseas visitors so the crowds were not there. read more>>
Nov 2, 2016
volfan095
Interesting to see, but buy nothing. Americans have spoiled the shopkeepers, I think, and there are no bargains to be had. I haggled for a pretty scarf for over 30 minutes. The final agreement... read more>>
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