Walk through the Grand Bazaar
• at the Grand Bazaar Walk
Today's story is about one of the main tourist attractions of Istanbul - Grand Bazaar.
Grand Bazaar, or Turkish Kapali Bazaar - a huge indoor Eastern market. One of the biggest in the world.
Grand Bazaar - about 4,000 shops, which are located more than 50 streets. Of course covered.
bargaining is all East dyed products, exclusively for tourists: jewelry, ceramics, antiques, old weapons, carpets, all kinds of souvenirs and so on..
The Grand Bazaar is located in the old part of Istanbul, very close to the historical center. This is not surprising - after all this is probably the oldest market of this magnitude.
The first parts of the bazaar were erected immediately after the capture of Constantinople by the Turks - in 1453. In the future, he constantly expanded and rebuilt several times.
Until the mid-19th century Kapali Bazaar was a center of the slave trade. Until the 20th century there were also banks, exchange has been, carried out various financial transactions.
By the way, even today, on the territory of the market in addition to retail outlets, there are restaurants, mosques, homes, and even a cemetery.
entrance to the market is carried out through 18 gates. written above the main gate, "God has mercy on one who devotes himself to trade."
Market Streets have retained the old names -.. Kolpachnikov street, street hookah, a samovar street, etc. They can be straight and wide, like in this photo, or narrow and winding - like the next.
Trying to remember the route and save orientation impossible. Loses almost immediately.
I remember two recent Hollywood blockbuster action unfolded on the roof of the Grand Bazaar. Searching possible exits there and not finding them, I have addressed to the sellers. It turned out that you can not go to the roof, and if I do not want to have big problems with the police, would be better for me to leave this venture.
I had to settle for views inside the bazaar. Fortunately, that diversity missing here.
This thing is a bit like Russian souvenir production factories and Russian folk art.
Many stores here with these hanging lamps-lanterns. Probably a very popular tourist destination product.
Many just brilliant, often of unknown purpose.
Well, everything is clear. Hookahs there is, in any material and for any taste.
Many stalls with spices and exotic teas.
Here all sorts of "love" teas. You see the jar slightly to the right center of the photo? I saw her a label only at home, looking at photos. Further to the enlarged detail all clearly visible.
Buy at the Grand Bazaar, one has only to do something exotic and rare. Everything else is better to buy in other places, because there is expensive.
Daily Grand Bazaar is visited by about half a million people.