The Grand Bazaar in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world and offers an illusion in almost 5,000 different small shops. On over 31,000 sqm, dealers at the “Grand Bazaar” bazaar offer fabrics, jewellery, clothing, souvenirs, cosmetics, spices, ceramics and art.
Traditions, trade and the Turkish culture. On the day around 250,000 visitors and dealers enter the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, every year there are around 90 million visitors. If you are looking for affordable gold jewelry, cheap souvenirs, colorful fabrics or great tableware, the Grand Bazaar is the perfect address for you. Since the middle of the 15th century this is the most famous bazaar of Istanbul and the shopping area excellence.
The Grand Bazaar, also called the ‘covered bazaar’ History of the goods for which Turkey is known. Because of its canopy, was built shortly after the conquest of 1453 under Fatih Sultan Mehmet II. At that time, as an important trading centre, this complex structure, which had been created over the years, expanded to many other shops and workshops. The Grand Bazaar, however, only reached its current architecture towards the end of the 19th century.
The shops are connected by 66 streets. Half a million people run along on them every day. This makes the Grand Bazaar next to the square near the Hagia Sophia and the Galata Bridge one of the liveliest places in Istanbul.