Daily Tours Istanbul – The first shopping mall of the world!?
Grand Bazaar is the first mall of the world. It is the ideal place for shopping lovers and positive-emotion seekers. Make sure you have Daily Tours Istanbul, your guide Ensar will teach you the not-so-easy job of bargaining.
You feel tempted to be a part of a place where business deals are done and where import/export businesses flourish, and you are interested in bargaining? Then, why not visit one of Istanbul’s most significant tourist sites? Although it is mainly considered a tourist trap, the Grand Bazaar – one of the biggest covered markets in the world, attracts locals as well.
Once you are there, make sure you are full of patience and desire to make good deals. For the Grand Bazaar is a place where bargaining is a general sport.
Kac Para – How Much
Cok Para – Too Much
Yok Para – No money
Built in 1461, at the command of Fatih Mehmet II, shortly after his Conquest, the Grand Bazaar contains around 4400 shops, 2195 workshops, 497 stalls and 18 fountains. It is not just a covered market. Grand Bazaar is, with all the mosques, banks, police stations, restaurants and workshops, a covered city of its own. It is possible while having your private tour of Istanbul, to get lost inside. Besides getting lost, you should know that the Bazaar is in the list of the 20 things in the world that you have to see and do. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
Daily Tours Istanbul – you feel part of the big family called Grand Bazaar
The Bazaar initially consisted of just two bedestens (warehouses). Soon merchants began to set up their own stalls and workshops in the surrounding area. The Bazaar grew to cover a vast area as neighbouring shopkeepers decided to put up roofs and porches so that commerce could be conducted comfortably in all weather. Finally, a system of locked gates and doors was provided so that the entire mini-city could be closed up tight at the end of the business day.
There are more than 50 streets in the Grand Bazaar and they are arranged on a grid-like system. Shopkeepers have tended to group themselves according to the type of goods they sell; whether it is jewellery, antiques, carpets, copper, or leather goods. Street names refer to trades and crafts; Kuyumcular Caddesi (Jewellers’ St) and Inciciler Sokagi (Pearl Merchants’ St) are two that you’re bound to walk down. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Bazaar suffered repeated damage from the fires and in 1894 was destroyed altogether by an earthquake. After being rebuilt in 1898, the Bazaar underwent further renovation following the fires of 1943 and 1954.
The Grand Bazaar – the first mall of the world and a significant tourist site. It is better to visit it on Daily Tours Istanbul. The Bazaar is the heart of Istanbul in much more than a geographical sense and has been so for centuries. It is an ideal place for the shopping lovers, for those who enjoy bargaining.
Don’t miss it during private Istanbul tours!