The Grand Bazaar
The core of the big area, whose name in history is called Çarşı-yı Kebir, is composed of two bodies. The first bazaar built in 1460 was named Cevahir and the revenue of this bazaar was left to Fatih Sultan Mehmet to be given to Hagia Sophia. The Sultan later developed various shops and shopping benches, making it the center of commercial life.
The Grand Bazaar, whose foundations were laid in 1461, resembles a giant sized labyrinth thanks to its aesthetic design. The historical shopping area, which has about 60 streets and more than 3600 shops, covers an area of 30,700 square meters in total. It can be expressed as the attraction point of Istanbul both in tourism and commercial terms.
“Cevahir Bedesteni” attracts attention at first sight of the square, which displays a complex structure with its colorful elements. “Bedesten”, which looks like an architectural monument, is divided into 15 separate sections. Each section has a view covered by a dome. Small cells are visible in the interior of its walls. Sandal Bedesten is in a design surrounded by 50 domes. This decorative bed is one of the leading examples of Turkish architecture as dome designs. Of these two important bodies mentioned, it is described as the inner castles of the bazaar. Two structures in history are known mostly for their thick inner castles.. Traders in iron crates; They saved their savings such as capital, savings and jewelery. registration and registration documents in guilds.
Shops and institutions in the Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar, which attracts attention with a large crowd at all hours of the day, contains shops in many different areas such as valuable jewelery, weapons, antiques and food and beverage. The names in the bazaar are sufficient to express what the space was used for before.
Covered Bazaar Interior Scheme
It is also possible to come across various organizations in the market where the product is offered for sale in 97 categories. Health center, police station, branches of all banks and post office are among these organizations. The private security agency is a unique institution of the bazaar.
Although the Grand Bazaar gives the impression of a complex , it is actually in the structure of a full order. In the section between Ağa Street and Aynacılar Street at the entrance of the bazaar, colorful images of foreigners and sixths are noteworthy. When you proceed through Kuyumcular Caddesi, Zincirli Han, known as the manufacturing of jewelery, welcomes you. There are many elements that testify to the traces of history in the Zincirli Inn, which was built on 2 floors. In Cevahir Bedesten, which amazes with its size, there are small shops of artisans engaged in small handicrafts and people who make artistic decorations. Especially when you continue from the exit of Zenneciler Street, you can see a tremendous view of calligraphy artists and antique shops. Here you can take a digital camera with you to take panoramic photos if you wish.