The Grand Bazaar in Turkey’s capital city of Turkey is not just iconic market or a popular spot in your luxury travel; it is a place which has been part of world’s civilization given the concept of having combined everything for trade and commerce at the same spot. In Turkish, the Grand Bazaar is also known as Kapalıçarşı meaning “cover market”. The Grand Bazaar is a microcosm of colors, traditions, and commerce. This makes it the hub for shopaholics and also one of the most visited tourist destinations in Turkey. Built-in the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar is spread over 30,700 square meters and has over 60 streets and 4000 shops.
Grand Bazaar is like a labyrinth in itself with 64 streets and 22 entrances to the Grand Bazaar thereby making it pretty difficult to visit without proper planning. To make things simple, you need to go by the few pointers. For instance, if you are looking for jeweler shops, you should enter through the Beyazıt Gate. Nuruosmaniye Gate is where you should enter through if you want to buy carpets at Zincirli Han. Grand Bazaar has a bevy of shops and some of the items are a must-buy in your luxury tour and trip of Turkey.
The Turkish carpets are known for their vibrant colors and patterns. Most of the carpet shops here and generations-old as is the carpet industry here which is at least 500 years old. The Turkish carpets have a reputation for being made of silk thread. Different regions of Turkey produce their own unique form of patterns on the rugs and carpets. Some of the famous types of design are the Holbein design which was designed in the time of the Ottomans and the Kilim rugs which comes from Turkey’s rural areas.
Add to that the wonderful reflection of the typical melting pot of the Turkish culture, hospitality and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Turks. The amazingly genteel sellers are all anxious to reassure you that you do not have to buy. One can hardly pass the market without getting the fragrance of foods and spices. If food is your thing, you are certain to bag Middle Eastern Saffron, meatball spices and curry powders for your journey back home. You can also shop for coffee and tea here.
The Grand Bazaar is where you also find the greatest and most talked potteries. Intricately painted mosaics and ceramics are a hallmark of Turkey. There is a selection of the best pottery in well-known landmarks of Turkey like the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. Most of the wonderfully created pots and other vessels have their genesis in Iznik, a town in northwest Turkey, the most famous for these ceramics. The tiles from Iznik are used in mosques and palaces with their iconic cobalt blue patterns.
This is just a foreword of what you are set to see in Grand Bazaar. For more bespoken experience contact the luxury tour operators in Delhi NCR for setting out in the most fascinating journey of Turkey.
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