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This picturesque 550-year-old urban complex is the world's famous covered market.
It's a sprawling maze of five dozen alley-width streets lined with thousands of small shops selling seemingly everything, including jewelry, antiques, carpets, copperware, and leather apparel. This picturesque market draws a quarter million people daily.
History in brief
The Grand Bazzar began in 1461 and has undergone several major renovations due to fires, earthquakes, and normal wear and tear. The last renovation was in 1894. A new renovation is in the planning stage.
When I first visited this wonder in 1966, tourists were in the minority. Today, tourists predominate, especially in the market's main streets. Locals are the main buying force in many of the Grand Bazaar's smaller interior streets as well as in the shops situated just outside the market.
The sightseeing is interesting, but you can usually find better prices (and genuinely hospitable merchants) beyond the Grand Bazaar.
Location in Turkey
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