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Grand Bazaar , {CATEGORY}

The mother of all tourist traps, the Grand or Covered Bazaar is a vivid illustration of all that's gone wrong with the free market. The Grand Bazaar is actually the center of a commercial area within and around the covered section of the market that spreads all the way down the hill to Eminönü. The name "Grand Bazaar" refers to a vast collection of over 4,000 shops, 24 hans (privately owned inns or marketplaces), 65 streets, 22 gates, 2 bedestens (covered markets), restaurants, mosques, fountains, and teahouses within an area of 31 hectares (76 acres). Kapali Çarsi refers specifically to the indoor and covered portion. At the heart and soul of the bazaar are two bedestens (merchant centers), ordered built by Mehmet the Conqueror for the purpose of gaining revenue for the Ayasofya. These were the Iç, or Inner Bedesten (more commonly known as the Old Bedesten), and the Sandal Bedesten. These two rectangular structures are typical bedestens, meaning that they are solid, significant, and capped by rows of vaults and domes covering a perimeter of cells surrounding an inner courtyard. Ottoman merchants gravitated to this center of commerce, it is estimated that by the end of Mehmet II's rule, the bazaar had already grown to a third of its current size. Artisans tended to congregate in one area, a legacy handed down through names of streets such as Fez Makers Street (Fesçiler Sok)., Street of the Washcloth Makers (Aynacilar Sok)., and Street of Fur Makers (Kürkçüler Sok).. A number of characteristic hans that at one time (and now nominally) operated around a particular craft or trade are situated in and around the covered portion (or Kapali Çarsi) of the Grand Bazaar. Of particular note inside the Kapali Çarsi is the Safran Han (stuffing/sewing pillows and mattresses). Beyond the covered portion are the 17th-century Valde Han (weaving on looms), the Çuhacilar Hani (antique silver and jewelry), and the 15th-century Kürkçüler Han, the oldest one still in use (yarns and knitting supplies, the furs are upstairs). Over the centuries, the shops around the bazaar fell victim to a total of 10 fires and two earthquakes, the current configuration dates to 1894, when the Minister of Public Works under Abdülhamid II reorganized the bazaar following that year's earthquake. Today, the main drag running from the Nuruosmaniye Gate to the Beyazit Gate is Kalpakçilar Caddesi, the glittering main thoroughfare lined on either side with shops of silver and gold, with anything and everything of your heart's desire elsewhere in the market. Two Cafes in the Grand Bazaar - Need a shot of caffeine? Café Ist (Tarakçilar Cad., tel. 0212/527-9353), and Fes Café (Halicilar Cad. 62, tel. 0212/528-1613), both located in the Grand Bazaar, are open Monday through Saturday 8:30am to 7pm, and offer sanctuary from endless cups of Nescafé with a wide selection of coffees, flavored teas, and fresh-squeezed juices. Fes also has a location just outside the Nuruosmaniye Mosque at Ali Baba Türbe Sok. 25/27 (tel. 0212/526-3070).

Practical Information

Address: Beyazıt Mh., Kalpakçılar Cd, 34000 Beyazıt/Istanbul

City: Istanbul

Country: Turkey

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-7pm

Exceptionally closed: Closed on October 29th

Entrance fee: Free admission. Maps of the bazaar are available at newsstands for 9.50YTL ($7)

Access by tramway: Tram Sultanahmet

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Grand Bazaar , {CATEGORY}

The mother of all tourist traps, the Grand or Covered Bazaar is a vivid illustration of all that's gone wrong with the free market. The Grand Bazaar is actually the center of a commercial area within and around the covered section of the market that spreads all the way down the hill to Eminönü. The name "Grand Bazaar" refers to a vast collection of over 4,000 shops, 24 hans (privately owned inns or marketplaces), 65 streets, 22 gates, 2 bedestens (covered markets), restaurants, mosques, fountains, and teahouses within an area of 31 hectares (76 acres). Kapali Çarsi refers specifically to the indoor and covered portion. At the heart and soul of the bazaar are two bedestens (merchant centers), ordered built by Mehmet the Conqueror for the purpose of gaining revenue for the Ayasofya. These were the Iç, or Inner Bedesten (more commonly known as the Old Bedesten), and the Sandal Bedesten. These two rectangular structures are typical bedestens, meaning that they are solid, significant, and capped by rows of vaults and domes covering a perimeter of cells surrounding an inner courtyard. Ottoman merchants gravitated to this center of commerce, it is estimated that by the end of Mehmet II's rule, the bazaar had already grown to a third of its current size. Artisans tended to congregate in one area, a legacy handed down through names of streets such as Fez Makers Street (Fesçiler Sok)., Street of the Washcloth Makers (Aynacilar Sok)., and Street of Fur Makers (Kürkçüler Sok).. A number of characteristic hans that at one time (and now nominally) operated around a particular craft or trade are situated in and around the covered portion (or Kapali Çarsi) of the Grand Bazaar. Of particular note inside the Kapali Çarsi is the Safran Han (stuffing/sewing pillows and mattresses). Beyond the covered portion are the 17th-century Valde Han (weaving on looms), the Çuhacilar Hani (antique silver and jewelry), and the 15th-century Kürkçüler Han, the oldest one still in use (yarns and knitting supplies, the furs are upstairs). Over the centuries, the shops around the bazaar fell victim to a total of 10 fires and two earthquakes, the current configuration dates to 1894, when the Minister of Public Works under Abdülhamid II reorganized the bazaar following that year's earthquake. Today, the main drag running from the Nuruosmaniye Gate to the Beyazit Gate is Kalpakçilar Caddesi, the glittering main thoroughfare lined on either side with shops of silver and gold, with anything and everything of your heart's desire elsewhere in the market. Two Cafes in the Grand Bazaar - Need a shot of caffeine? Café Ist (Tarakçilar Cad., tel. 0212/527-9353), and Fes Café (Halicilar Cad. 62, tel. 0212/528-1613), both located in the Grand Bazaar, are open Monday through Saturday 8:30am to 7pm, and offer sanctuary from endless cups of Nescafé with a wide selection of coffees, flavored teas, and fresh-squeezed juices. Fes also has a location just outside the Nuruosmaniye Mosque at Ali Baba Türbe Sok. 25/27 (tel. 0212/526-3070).

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