The World’s Oldest Market: Grand Bazaar!
The Grand Bazaar, which is among the oldest bazaars in the world and attracts attention with its splendor, was built after Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han conquered Istanbul. Grand Bazaar attracts the attention of the whole world with its unique architecture. Upper of the Grand Bazaar, are covered with domes. The Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest trade centers in history, is firstly known as the Çarşu-yı kebir, namely the Grand Bazaar. As in all the cities and trade centers belonging to the Ottoman Empire, a large covered market was also built in the Grand Bazaar. The most important part and core of the Grand Bazaar, which was completed in 1460, is this covered bazaar. This covered bazaar was named as Cevahir Bedesteni by Fatih Sultan Mehmet and all the revenue of the covered bazaar was donated to Hagia Sophia.
The Grand Bazaar, which survivefld from fire hazard many times in its history and was constantly damaged, was completely destroyed by a great earthquake on July 10, 1894 and the trade stopped here. After this event, Aldulhamid II helped to rebuild the Grand Bazaar with his own money, and after four years of careful work, the Grand Bazaar got the present look.
The Grand Bazaar was much bigger than its present size before it was destroyed by an earthquake. First constructed Grand Bazaar had 4,399 shops, 2,195 small shops, 497 cabinets, 12 cellars, a hamam, a mosque, 10 masjids, 16 fountains, 2 big fountains, 8 wells, a shrine, a school, 24 workshops.
Grand Bazaar, which receives millions of visitors every year from all over the world, is especially famous for its jewelers. The jewelers in the Grand Bazaar offer you specially prepared jewelery as well as items you can find in a normal jewelery shop. The gold products prepared with hand labor draw great attention. The Grand Bazaar has become a major bazaar as market.