In a city 2000 years old, you'd expect
to find some antiques. Istanbul certainly
||Beautiful.... But is it a true antiquity, or a good modern copy?
I hasten to draw the important distinction between antiques—objects
up to a century or so old, interesting, perhaps pretty (or funky), but of no high
museum-quality objects more than a
century old from Turkey's rich and
deep past such as Hittite, Hellenic,
Roman, Byzantine, Selçuk and Ottoman artifacts, coins, statues, fine antique
tiles, carpets, armaments,
illegal to buy, sell, or export
antiquities from Turkey. Penalties
are severe. Don't do it! Stick
to antiques. More...
You'll probably visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı) at least once during your trip. At the very center of the vast covered market is the Old Bazaar, the oldest part of the complex, dating from the days of the Byzantine Empire. It's appropriate that this is where the most valuable antiques, old coins, jewellery, porcelain, faience, objects of silver, gold and amber, and other treasures are stored. Have a look! More...
The best-known district for antique-shopping in Istanbul is the Çukurcuma neighborhood down the hill southeast of Galatasaray Square in Beyoğlu (map). If you're really into antiques, plan to stay in neighboring Cihangir so you can search the dozens of antiques shops conveniently. More...
Üsküdar Antiques Street
On the Asian shore of the Bosphorus in Üsküdar, an antiques and ecological bazaar is held each Saturday in the summer months at the International Art Center, Selami Ali Mahallesi, Gazi Caddesi, Görümce Sokak No. 7, Bağlarbaşı (map; tel. +90 (216) 310 83 94). More...
—by Tom Brosnahan