Grand Bazaar

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The Kapali Carsi or Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is the largest covered market in Turkey, and offers an inordinate range of breathtaking items at great bargains. Packed with literally hundreds of individual stalls arranged in narrow aisles, the effervescent Bazaar spread over 60 blocks is a must-visit in Istanbul.

Spend a good half day touring the extensive market that sells fine handmade Turkish carpets and technicolor Kilim rugs, vibrant herbs and spices, jewellery, sparkling crystal and crockery, glazed tiles and pottery, copper and brassware, Turkish lamps, leather, Turkish costumes including authentic belly dancing outfits, and handmade musical instruments. Your tour guide will help you pick out only authentic, quality pieces and also assist you in bargaining for the right price. While most shopkeepers you negotiate with will offer you a glass of hot tea, you could also stop by at one of the several cafes in the Bazaar and try a chilled Ayran.

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About Grand Bazaar

 Beyazıt Mahallesi, İstanbul, Turkey

 +90 212 519 1248

 http://www.kapalicarsi.org.tr

Grand Bazaar and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia(1 km)
Hagia Sophia is a 6th century Orthodox patriarchal basilica that was later used as a mosque, and is today a museum.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace(1.4 km)
TheTopkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower(1.7 km)
It was built by the Genoese on the city walls of Galata, then a western (Genoese/Venetian) stronghold beside eastern (Byzantine/Ottoman) Constantinople.

Patriarchate of Constantinople

Patriarchate of Constantinople(2.4 km)
Arguably the centre of World Orthodoxy, housed since 1586 in Church of St George (Greek: Agíou Geōrgíou, Turkish: Aya Yorgi), which is, despite its religious importance, an otherwise unremarkable and unimpressive building from outside, though its lavishly decorated interior is worth a look.

Soğukçeşme Street

Soğukçeşme Street(1.1 km)
A car-free downhill cobbled street just behind Hagia Sophia, with renovated (or totally re-built) traditional wooden houses two- or three-storeys tall typical of Ottoman era, leaning against the outer wall of Topkapi Palace grounds/Gülhane Park.

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art(0.8 km)
Carpets, rugs, calligraphy, pottery.

Million

Million(0.6 km)
While this partially intact marble pillar dating back to 4th century AD may seem unremarkable, it was the starting point of any distance measured within the empire during the Byzantine era, so it may be nice to think that you are in the centre of where all the roads lead to (or, rather, start from).

The Museum of Archeology

The Museum of Archeology(1.2 km)
A must see! One of the best, including a great collection of Sumerian tablets, pieces of the wall of Babylon and Roman marble statues.

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