The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets, 22 gates, 16 inns and 3,600 shops. It attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily depending on the season. It is well known for its carpets, jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, embroideries, spices and antique shops.

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Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for carpets, leather, gold, jewelery and the like.


The bazaar has been an important trading centre since 1461 and its labyrinthine vaults feature two bedestens (domed old bazaars.)


The Grand Bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration.

The Grand Bazaar has four main gates situated at the ends of its two major streets which intersect near its southwestern corner.

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Above; rug hunting

Grand Bazaar is open Monday to Saturday  8:30 – 19:00,

Closed Sundays.