Oldest Shopping Mall in the World: The Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets, over 4,000 shops and 18 gates that open to various points of the city. The construction of the future Grand Bazaar’s core started during the winter of 1455/56, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It was the part of a broader initiative to revive the economic prosperity in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among the world’s most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors which included the locals and the tourists. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.

Grand Bazaar is a must visit place in Istanbul for those who would like bring authentic gifts and souvenirs to their home. From luxury jewellery to delicious Turkish desserts and handknotted rugs to hundred different kinds of spices; the Grand Bazaar has offer thousands of merchandise for every budget. Try not to miss your flight while you are shopping in the maze like streets of the Grand Bazaar.

Visiting Information:

The Grand Bazaar is situated in the district of Fatih, which is in the historic peninsula of İstanbul. Easiest way to go to the Grand Bazaar by public transportation is using the tram line serving between Bağcılar and Kabataş districts. The nearest tram station to the Grand Bazaar is the Beyazıt tram station. All shops in the Grand Bazaar open from Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 19:00. It is closed on Sundays.

Written by emreozmen

Blogger, traveller, car and aviation enthusiast living in Istanbul. Writing about automobiles on otomobiltavsiyesi.com and about Istanbul on 10thingstodoinistanbul.com

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