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 (395)

**SAVE PANORAMIO**es… on July 20, 2012

Really beautiful and interesting,Ahmet. LK n°212. Greetings.Raffaele

Zoltán Szabó on July 21, 2012

Fantastic ! Like.Regards,Zoli.

Isabel. E. on July 22, 2012

An impressive place, excellent shot Ahmet. All the very best. Isabel LIKE!!!!

http://www.meispix.c… on July 22, 2012

Superb ! That angle makes me feel I were a bird flying all over that place, smelling all those tasty spices... A delight ! like.

Mariusz Banaszczyk on July 25, 2012

Super !

Suleyman Oguz on July 25, 2012

Ahmet Bey, Kapalıçarşı'yı tüm güzellik ve ihtişamıyla ortaya koyan çok başarılı bir kompozisyon. Like. Elinize sağlık, Selamlar. Süleyman.

Ocminter octavio on July 25, 2012

Un original punto de vista de este maravilloso y excepcional lugar


Un gran saludo, Feliz semana, Octavio

)) NICEFORO NIEPCE (… on July 26, 2012

Gracias Ahmet por tu visita a mi galeria. este lugar tan antiguo realmente debe ser todo una experiencia estar tomandose un cafe en el mismo. Saludos

Mata Hary on July 26, 2012

Wonderful photo. Like/219! Greetings Mata Hary

Ahmet Bekir on July 26, 2012

Thanks Pano friends, I'll reply to you by visiting your galleries as soon as time allows.

Tom Portschy on July 26, 2012

Very well captured! I like it! Tom

paoloanselmino on July 27, 2012

nice image! like!

eziozerziani on July 27, 2012

In August I will be in Istanbul ... :))

Ciao Ahmet, very nice and interesting shot



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-Arcama- on July 30, 2012

Impressive shot!!!



Albányai Mária on July 30, 2012

Amazing scenery, very nice point of view!


Best regards, Maria

László Pazár on July 31, 2012

Very good! (L 225)

Greetings, Laslo

ANTON CRUZ 1 on August 2, 2012

Una maravillosa perspectiva de un lugar emblemático de Estambul. Felicidades. Saludos cordiales, Anton

Ahmet Bekir on August 2, 2012

Thanks Pano friends, I'll reply to you by visiting your galleries as soon as time allows.

Antonio Cignini on August 2, 2012

Una grandiosa scena incantevole, ricca di vita, Ahmet Bekir. like.


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  • Uploaded on May 28, 2012
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    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