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Alcaiceria , (or al-kaysar-ia, as it was originally spelt) means either House of Caesar or Belonging to Caesar.
This area was so named following the act of Emporor Justinian which allowed the Moors to sell silk.
The Alpujarra mountain range, was important for the production of silk, where silkworms feasted on the leaves of the Mulberry trees. The raw material was then transported by mules, to Granada,where the silk threads were woven, then sold, either in bales, or made into clothing etc.
In the centre of Granadas' city, a bazaar was built , consisting of a grid like network of streets, with merchants shops, and inns, for the merchants to sleep, eat and conduct business. (The Corral del Carbon was originally a merchants inn - see my tip for further info).
Arched Gateways led into the bazzar, which were locked at night, while night watchmen guarded the area.
Originally, this bazaar covered the area from Plaza Nueva to Plaza Bib Rambla, and was a very important trading area.
However, on the night of 19th July 1843, a fire started in a shop that made matches, and the entire bazaar was destroyed. The area was soon re-built, but on a smaller scale.
Today, the bazaar still operates as a centre for trading, but mainly goods sold are souvenirs or crafts. It is an interesting place to wander around. Besides looking at the goods for sale, there are some good examples of Islamic architecture, and tiled wall decorations. Some of the shops sell some surprising combinations- in one of my pictures below, the shop sold jewellery, plus handcuffs, knives and guns!
The narrow streets can get quite crowded, so as always, keep a close eye on your belongings - it's an ideal area for pickpockets!
The rosemary wielding gypsy ladies also hang out around here.(Please see my warnings and danger tips for more info) Having said this, it's still a safe place - just be aware of Your belongings
Address: C/ Alcaiceria
Directions: Between the Cathedral and Plaza Bib Rambla. From Via de Colon, walk through the gateway to the Cathedral, carry on along this pathway, past the Cathedral and You're into the bazaar area.
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