Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Grand BazaarGrand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 4000 shops which attract more than 500,000 visitors daily. It was opened in 1461. It is well known for its jewelry, carpet, leather, pottery shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The Bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following and earthquake.