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Istanbul's Grand Bazaar hosts almost 40 million visitors in 2022
The Grand Bazaar, İstanbul's historical shopping and trade centre, was visited by 39,766, 801 people in 2022, following its restoration.
By: Turkiye The Ministry of Culture and Tourism
İstanbul's history and shopping route
Located between Nuruosmaniye, Mercan and Beyazıt in İstanbul, the history of the Grand Bazaar dates to the middle of the 15th century. Within the scope of the Ottoman-era foundation system that covered almost all socio-economic and cultural life, structures such as bazaars were built near religious and other social and charitable sites to meet such needs such as maintenance and repair costs. The foundation of the Grand Bazaar, one of the most important landmarks in İstanbul, was laid in 1461 with the structures erected by Fatih Sultan Mehmet to bring income to Hagia Sophia. The Grand Bazaar, which became the region's most important trade centre over time, has started to serve as an important financial centre where jewels and precious metals from all over the world are traded.
Defined not only as the oldest but as the largest shopping centre in the world, the Grand Bazaar has undergone several renovations by famous architects, including Sarkis Balyan, after various fires and earthquakes. Historically and culturally important, the Grand Bazaar – Kapalıçarşı
Remember, the first rule of shopping in the Grand Bazaar is 'to bargain!'
In the historical Grand Bazaar, which now hosts around 2,500 workplaces with additions made over a 500-year historical process, one can find countless products – from carpets to bags, from textile products to gold and silver jewellery, and from antiques to tiles. In the section called han (inn), where artisans specializing in the crafts of the Bazaar are located, there are around 1,200 workplaces.
A visit to the Grand Bazaar offers a chance to breathe the historical air of İstanbul and to observe its economic dynamics, in other words, to experience all of İstanbul through a bazaar.
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