10 May The Istanbul Great Bazaar and other Turkish jewels
If you travel to the Turkish capital, you cannot miss a visit to the Great Bazaar, the biggest one in the city and one of the biggest of the entire world. After some journeys having a walk through the Bosporus city, the Topkapi Palace, the Rumeli Histari and the most popular monuments of St. Sophie and the Blue Mosque, you will be prepared to a relaxing walk and a shopping day in the beautiful Istanbul.
What to see in the Great Bazaar
Take a deep breath and discover this Bazaar, with its 45.000 square meters. It is divided in 16 courtyards and 64 avenues. If you are a shopping addict, take enough money in your pocket because there are more than 3600 shops inside it. The access to this closed market has to do with the 22 doors and you will be able to find inside of it more than 100 products. You will find inside more than 20.000 people helping you with anything you need, starting with nurses, postmen, security, bankers and also, sellers.
Because of the great organization you will find here, you will be able to discover this market, divided by guilds:
– Yaglikcilar or towels and wool sellers
– Fesciler or Tarboosh sellers
– Kuyumcular or jewellers
– Kalpakcilar or leather sellers
– Many other things
Sections in the Great Bazaar: Interior bedesten and sandal bedesten
The Sandal Bedesten: the main leather sellers are here. Currently, you can have access from the main entrance and also by the Nuruosmaniye district.
Interior Bedesten: the fist structure is for the hat shops, customes and jewelers, among others.
Really near the Great Bazaar you Hill find some of the most interesting things for travellers. It is, for example, the case of the Çemberlitas, the public baths, opened from 6 to 24 hours.
The Great Bazaar has also a schedule to follow: from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 to 19.30. It is interesting also to have into account that you must dibble with the sellers, something unique in this culture and also funny for travellers. Don’t get scared if the seller seems to get angry, they will try to loose the minimum.
Here you will be able to travel around the world just by seeing the products in the shops.