The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarşı) Istanbul – the worlds first shopping mall!


The Grand Bazaar is known in Turkish as “Kapali Çarşı”v which literally means “Covered Bazaar”. It is also known as the “Büyük Çarşı” meaning “Grand Bazaar”. Located very close to Sultan Ahmet area of Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

The Grand Bazaar was first constructed in 1455 and has had a rich history ever since, originating as a hub for trade during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

Nowadays, you can find all manner of delights there, from authentic Turkish carpets, Turkish mosaic lamps, spices, textiles, jewelery and more.

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