The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar Is The Oldest Mall In The World

The Grand Bazaar ( Turkish: Kapalı Çarşı) is the first destination tourists in Istanbul. It is known as the first Mall in the World. Also, it has typical features of Turkish bazaars.

History Of The Grand Bazaar

It shows as 1460 as the Construction Date of the Grand Bazaar. The bazaar, the foundations of which were laid by Mehmed The Conqueror after the Conquest of Istanbul, after that it grew, developed and became the financial center in the period of Suleiman the Magnificent.

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The Bazaar photo

This building, the foundation of which was laid by Mehmed The Conqueror, built-in wood, and during the Suleiman the Magnificent, the bazaar was expanded using stones and bricks. The bazaar, which has grown with the addition of new sections, has spread over a large area. The bazaar has a large area of ​​110 thousand square meters. It has 65 streets, 3600 shops, 22 doors, and 14 inns.

The Historical Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world. This building, which built approximately 550 years ago, was the first Shopping Center of its time. Its shops are famous for their workshops and workshops belonging to many professions, also contain many different products from leather, quilt, soap, copper, lock to mirror.

Things To Do In Grand Bazaar

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The Grand Bazaar Turkey

There are not only shops in the bazaar but also different places such as mosques, masjids, cafes, restaurants, and cafes. This bazaar, which hosts ninety million domestic and foreign tourists during the year, is known as the most visited bazaar in the world.

In the largest covered market in the world; The most beautiful examples of Turkish handicrafts, historical goods, colorful fabrics, woodworks, world-famous Turkish carpets, silk products, gold and silver decorated jewelry, copper and brass objects, Accessories and decorative goods, interesting leather products, various world spices, You can find herbal teas and shops selling Turkish Delight and Nuts and many more.

After visiting and completing your shopping, you can rest in places known as Poolside Restaurant or Oriental Coffee and drink Tea and Coffee. It located in the post office and the bank in the bazaar.

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The Grand Bazaar’s Entrance

Grand Bazaar shopping tips

  • Pick up a map of it
  • Book a tour ( optional)
  • Be prepare to bargain
  • Don’t be seem willing to buy
  • Cash is preferred

Opening Hours

Visiting Hours: Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 19:00, Sunday: Closed


Nearby Tourist Destinations in Istanbul

The Beyazit Mosque, Istanbul University Campus, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, and The Topkapi Palace are within walking distance.

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