Let us immerse ourselves in the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest and oldest covered bazaars, and discover its mysteries.
Like an immense labyrinth, the Grand Bazaar shifts and turns through an area of 30,700 square meters with approximately 60 streets and more than 4000 individual shops. It is one of the must-sees of Istanbul with its unique ambience encapsulating a whole cultural history. Its maze and many entrance points just might cast a spell on you.
Istanbul has always been a significant trade center throughout the history. The historical trade route of Silk Road starts all the way on one of the end points of the border of China and passes through several locations in Anatolia to merge with other sub routes in Istanbul to continue its way into the heartland of Europe. Along this everlasting trade route, travelling caravans loaded with all kinds of gem like products did not only ensure the commercial development but also enabled this great cultural exchange to exist between Asia and Europe that can be traced even today. You can still see the vivid traces of this ineradicable history of mankind right here in the mighty Grand Bazaar.
Located in the midst of Grand Bazaar, inner bazaar of Cevahir Bedesten is built in 1461 upon the orders of Mehmet II the Conqueror in order to raise income for Haghia Sophia which was accepted as a religiously dignified monument. Cevahir Bedesten is the common haunting point for all those interested in old jewellery, passionate about antiques or willing to breathe in the old and traditional atmosphere whenever they want to. The Bazaar grew in time with the annex buildings built around Cevahir Bedesten and made current Grand Bazaar to be the wonder it is today. Many significant antique jewellery shops surround this interesting unknown Cevahir Bedesten within the Bazaar.
You will never understand how time passes when you are enjoying the wide range of merchandise around you such as gold and silver jewellery, handmade tiles, leather products, colorful hand woven fabrics, antiques, silk and cashmere shawls and many more.
The first thing that catches you when you step into the Spice Bazaar is the deep scent of spices everywhere. Built in 1664 as a part of the complex of New Mosque upon the orders by Mother Sultan Turhan, Spice Bazaar is one of the most popular shopping arcades for locals in the city of Istanbul. Spice Market is ever charming where you can find all kinds of spices, Turkish delight, dried nuts and fruits, herbal teas of all kinds, saffron, caviar and souvenirs.