The Grand Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey

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The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı in Turkish) of Istanbul (Turkey) is the largest bazaar in the city and one of the largest bazaars in the world.

Located in the center of the “old city”, in the European part of Istanbul between Nuruosmaniye, Mercan and Beyazıt, it has more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops. Every day it receives between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors. With many business areas including jewelry, goldsmiths, spice stores and carpet stores. Shops that are grouped by type of activity, in a guild plan. The bazaar contains two bedestanes, or masonry structures with dome for the storage of merchandise; the first of them was built in 1464 by order of Mehmed II. In 1864 it was rebuilt mostly after an earthquake.

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