Address: Arasta Çarşısı No.107, Sultanahmet Fatih
Phone: (0212) 516 0733
Web Site: www.arastabazaar.com
Working Hours: Every day: 9:00-19:00
The Arasta Bazaar is a tidy market street in the heart of Sultan Ahmet’s historical district. This modest bazaar was built in the 17th century by savvy Ottoman officials; rental revenues from its vendors were meant to finance the upkeep of the neighboring Blue Mosque.
Today the street caters to tourists, its wooden-facade shops filled with carpets, mock Ottoman artifacts and all manner of nazar merchandise. The Mosaic Museum is the street’s standout attraction, displaying an ornamental pavement mosaic from the Byzantine Great Palace that was uncovered at the site in the 1950s. The mosaic’s fantastical depictions and accompanying displays are a window into Byzantine royal life.
Apart from the museum, the Arasta Bazaar is a pleasant interlude from the bustle of the main tourist attractions. The shops in the bazaar offer everything including jewelry, carpets, souvenirs, ceramics, and more.