The Grand Bazaar
Address: Kalpakçılar Cad. Sorguçlu Han. No:22, Beyazıt Fatih
Phone: (0212) 522 3173
Web Site: www.grandbazaaristanbul.org
Working Hours: Monday-Saturday: 08:30-19:00
Closed on Sundays and October 29th. The bazaar is also closed for the full duration of religious holidays.
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 jewelry, 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 jewelry and the like.
The bazaar has been an important trading center 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.