The Grand Covered Bazaar in Istanbul

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The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery and the like. The bazaar has been an important trading centre since 1461 and its labyrinthine vaults feature two bedestens (domed buildings), 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 an earthquake. The complex houses two mosques, four fountains, two hamams, and several cafés and restaurants. In the centre is the high domed hall of the Cevahir Bedesten, where the most valuable items and antiques were to be found in the past, and still are today, including furniture, copperware, amber prayer beads, inlaid weapons, icons,water pipes, watches and clocks, candlesticks, old coins, and silver and gold jewellery set with coral and turquoise. A leisurely afternoon spent exploring the bazaar, sitting in one of the cafés and watching the crowds pass by, and bargaining for purchases is one of the best ways to recapture the romantic atmosphere of old Istanbul.

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Comments (396)

Krzysztof Krzywar on October 26, 2013

Excellent shot.

LIKE , Krzysztof

izzet ugutmen on November 15, 2013


Chinappi on January 2, 2014

I LIKE this photo.

I appreciate your attention for your visit and your nice comments!.

See you soon… Best regards from Grasse, in France.


steise63 on January 3, 2014

This is a magnificent photo! I love the movement and color and modernity of the corridor of people, contrasted with the solid, ancient, unmoving arches of the ancient structure. It's art, really. It's the kind of picture you could sell, framed, because a person never gets tired of looking at it. If you don't already, you ought to have an online shop and sell your photographs on the internet. Sincerely from the United States, Steise

SHoweMBOU on January 23, 2014

The Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsi) dates back to 1660, but this one is a 1943 reconstruction following a destructive fire.

Yunus Yavuz on March 21, 2014

Kalabalığın renkleri. L+F . Türkiye'den sevgi ve selamlar.Yunus

ekaakini on March 25, 2014

Super atmosphere! Excellent perspective and framing.


Greetings, m°!°nika

Abdülmetin Yurtsever on April 28, 2014

Ahmet Bekir kardeşim çok hoş fotoğraf.Selamlar

Haliina on May 11, 2014

Fantastyczne zdjęcie! fav.+ like! pozdrawiam Halina

Ahmet Bekir on May 11, 2014

Many thanks my dear Pano friends, for your lovely comments , I'll reply to you as soon as time allows. Ahmet

chialingchung on March 22, 2015

Like! I also like the description!

Alfred Schaffer on May 5, 2015

Fantastic perspective!



H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu on June 23, 2015

Her zaman hareketli ve her zaman güzel bir yer.

Like & Fav.Selamlar,H.İbrahim

Ahmet Bekir on June 24, 2015

Thanks a lot dear Pano friends, best wishes, Ahmet

Tüm yorumlarınız için çok teşekkür ederim dostum İbrahim bey

HF2007 on November 25, 2015

Oh yes, there is allways rush-hour.

Greetings, Hans

INNe “IXIRY” Di on February 8, 2016

Sve pohvale.Stvarno lijepa slika!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 28, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ahmet Bekir
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix S5Pro
    • Taken on 2010/05/14 16:14:16
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 46.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO2000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
    • No flash