365 Places: The Grand Bazaar

Post about the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

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Day 68: The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

As promised here is another place I love in the old city of Istanbul – the Grand Bazaar.

The interior of the Grand Bazaar in the 1890s, by Ottoman photographer Sébah. The interior of the Grand Bazaar in the 1890s, by Ottoman photographer Sébah.

I love this place because it symbolises the essence of Istanbul: bright, colourful, noisy, confusing and utterly seductive. It is a place that is rich in history and beauty, plus having the honour of being the oldest and one of the most visited bazaars in the world.

One of the kiosk from the 17th century, that used to be a small cafe. Located close to Aynacilar Sok and the Zincirli Hanı. Image Credit: Gryffindor One of the kiosk from the 17th century, that used to be a small cafe. Located close to Aynacilar Sok and the Zincirli Hanı. Image Credit: Gryffindor

The Grand Bazaar also boasts being the largest covered bazaar in the world. The construction of the Grand Bazaar’s core started during the winter of 1455/56, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Sultan Mehmet II had an…

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