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"World's Largest Covered Market" Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi Tip by nicolaitan

Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi, Istanbul: 112 reviews and 191 photos

Kapalicarsi, the Grand Bazaar, is one of the largest covered markets in the world, 330000 sq ft, with upwards of 3500 stores, 55 streets, 25000 workers, and 250000-400000 visitors per day. Mehmet the Conquerer opened a market at this site as early as 1450, enlarged significantly by Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th C, with extensive renovations following a major earthquake in 1894.
The broad classes of merchandise available from multiple vendors include most famously jewellry, watches, leather good, clothing, carpets and kilims, all varieties of antiques, ceramics, and precious metals and stones. The floor plan is confusing with some oblique and curved streets, but schematic maps are available from multiple sources including hotels. These are color coded as certain areas of the bazaar contain predominantly once class of shop. The most expensive and upscale section is at the center (Cevahir Bedesten - Old Bazaar)( Image 5 ) where the aisles are narrower, the storefronts far more refined, and the dome the highest. Here the streets are quiet and peaceful without the hustle and bustle of the remainder in fitting with the more refined offerings. This is the area for antique jewellry coins and furniture, copperware and amber, fine ceramics, and religious objects.
Multiple entrances to the bazaar allow access to different areas but for most visitors following the crowds from the Beyazit or Cemberlitas tram stop ( just west of the Sultanahmet stop) will be the best route. Immediately on entrance there is a leather clothing district and the first main street running perpendicularly is the main street for jewellry sales, with small side streets.

Address: 34200 Beyazit Square, Istanbul,Turkey
Directions: Beyazit Gate,
Phone: 21-+90-534-631-01

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  • Updated May 3, 2009
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