Istanbul Grand Bazaar Adventure
Istanbul Grand Bazar. A truly extraordinary place to shop.
The Istanbul Grand Bazaar is truly the most interesting and exciting marketplace that I have been in my life. There I not only experienced a variety of new colors, textures, sounds and essences within the variety of products that can be found there, but most importantly I experienced the years of history embedded into to the architecture, the art and most importantly the people that work and visit the space. The first impression that I had when I arrived is that I had been transported into the time of the Renascence, taken by the amazing ceiling arches and the variety of tiny little shops next to each other completely full of merchandize. The sounds within the structure are very mixed and loud with a mixture of sellers calling costumers in a variety of different languages and customers from all over the world moving their hands and giving strong facial expressions while negotiating prices. In this lens I will share with you guys my experiences within this magical place that is The Grand Bazar. I will share pictures that I have taken with love and a lot of admiration and I will also compile here some information about the history of the grand bazar as well as tips on the best vendors to go to as well as fun historical ways to save money while you there! Believe me they have been perfecting the art of negotiating for over 800 years since the market place first opened, so therefore if you are able to try you will be able to save as far as 75% on all the merchandize there.
Few of the amazing things that you can find in the Grand bazar are but are not limited to: Jewelry, Precious metals, leather goods, furniture, fabric and all types of textile, candles, spices, chocolates, turkish delights, turkish antiques, a variety of ceramic and porcelain goods, bath salts, as well as an incredible variety of teas and much more. These were probably the areas I happen to have focused on.
In progress. Last updated 04/05/13
My favorite Grand Bazaar GoodsClick thumbnail to view full-size
My Favorite Istanbul Grand Bazaar Purchase
Gorgeous Mosaic Lamp me and my Hubby bought on our last trip to the Istanbul GRAND BAZAAR. I am so happy it survived the trip and its now looking glorious in our Tile showroom.
The Grand Bazaar History
When you first enter the grand bazar you are initially taken by all action happening in the place, but one of the best tips that I can give is to look out for the ceiling as it will give you a lot of historical information. captured by the little tiny bits of historical information available in the site I decided to go a little further and find out more about the history of the bazar and aI was truly amazed to find out that Istanbul is one of the largest and the oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 5,000 shops attracting between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily from all over the world. The construction started in year 1455 shortly after the ottomans conquered constantinople and it kept on growing until the seventeenth century where it achieved its final shape that it has today and until the nineteenth century the market was unrivaled among the markets in Europe with regards to the abundance, variety and quality of the goods on sale since the ottoman empire controlled all the routes in between the 3 continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. Giving the Grand bazaar the best and most strategic position and attracting merchants from all over the world.
Socially until the earthquake of 1864 merchants of the same group were often organized along the same road which gave each street the name of a profession, but gradually the organization disappeared and although you often find sections of the same type of merchandize they are now often grouped together, but not necessarily along a road.
An arial view of the Istanbul Grand Bazaar
At the Grand Bazaar Entrance - Me and my hubby!
Turkish Currency - Shopping at the Grand Bazaar
Currency - Turkish LIRA
Other currencies accepted by most vendors: Dollar and Euro