Photographer's Note

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is a magnificient place just to wander and let your senses feel the colors and smells.


The Grand Bazaar (or Covered Bazaar, Turkish: Kapalıçarşı ("Covered Bazaar"))is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 6,000 shops. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), 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.

Le grand bazar d’Istanbul (en turc, Kapalıçarşı littéralement « marché couvert ») est l'un des plus grands bazars au monde avec cinquante-huit rues intérieures et quatre-mille boutiques. Considérablement élargi au XVIe siècle sous Soliman le Magnifique, la partie la plus ancienne date de 1455 et a été construite sur ordre de Mehmed II. Il a été restauré et partiellement reconstruit suite à un tremblement de terre.

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