The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world with over 60 marbled streets and over 4,000 sh0ps. The Grand Bazaar was built between 1455-1460 to stimulate the economy through the trade of fabrics and jewels. Today, the Grand Bazaar sees up to 400,000 daily visitors and is listed as one of the world’s leading and most-visited tourist stops in the world.
Construction of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar was ordered by Ottoman Sultan Fatih Sultan Mehmet, commonly known as Mehmed the Conqueror, as an effort to build the economy. Over about 250 years, the Grand Bazaar was expanded upon and built into the same structure that we still see today.
Although initially a center for local trade, Istanbul quickly became a Mediterranean trade hub for the three surrounding continents. Eventually, it grew into the international success that it is now; attracting tourists from around the world for a unique, historical, and cultural shopping experience.
Grand Bazaar shopping creates an experience unlike any other with its open air and chic boutiques. The variety inside includes clothing, jewelry, ceramics, carpets, other traditional Turkish items, traditional food and drink, and more.
Today, the Grand Bazaar is an incredibly unique structure with enormous history and connection to Turkish culture. Even if you originally planned to avoid shopping during your trip to Turkey, the Grand Bazaar is a MUST-SEE! Don’t miss one of the oldest cultural experiences Istanbul has to offer.