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Discover the largest covered market in the world, a real explosion of colours and life in this Ali Baba cave.

Its construction began in the 15th century at the time of Mehmed II the Conqueror, on the initiative of the vizier Mehmed Paşa. Damaged by various fires and partially destroyed by several earthquakes, the Grand Bazaar will be permanently refurbished, renovated and rebuilt. The bazaar initially grew around the Bedestens (from the Persian word Bezesten, meaning "market for fabrics"). These were the markets reserved for wool and silk fabrics, before becoming those of goldsmiths. The Old Bedesten (Cevahir Bedesten, in the centre, the heart of the market), which is now a market in antique shops, where jewellery, antique weapons and dishes are piled up.... Access to the market is through more than 18 doors, one of the largest being located in the courtyard of the Nuruosmaniye mosque. The motto "God loves the one who trades" is written on the pediment of this door, in a cartouche decorated with Ottoman coats of arms. The goldsmiths' gate has a bas-relief depicting a two-headed imperial eagle, which was the emblem of the Palaeological dynasty, the market being closed on the sides and almost entirely covered. Installed on a large surface, the Grand Bazaar has, on 30 ha, more than 60 lanes, in which are installed more than 2 000 shops. An 1880 census counted 4,400 shops, 2,195 workshops, 497 stalls, 20 han, 12 warehouses, 18 fountains... During the Ottoman period, each street inherited a name according to the craftsmen or merchants who worked there in majority (rue des joailliers, des miroitiers, des pantoufliers). This diversity and specialization continue to this day and shops representative of each trade are still present in the Grand Bazaar. Today, 15,000 people work in 3,500 stores, including 1,500 jewellers, while in 1976 there were 1,742 stores, including 472 jewellers. The surroundings of the Grand Bazaar are home to a large number of brokers, bureaux de change and lending offices, constituting an influential and highly organised financial centre. It is estimated that the value of the merchandise displayed in the windows of the 1,500 jewellers and in their safes is at least 10 tonnes of gold. Turks and tourists come together to buy fabrics, leather goods, crockery.... The disadvantage is that most of the time the prices are not displayed, if you buy something don't hesitate to negotiate! Many salespeople speak a little French. Even Hollywood was attracted to this place, we remember James Bond's motorcycle chase in Skyfall on the rooftops of the Grand Bazaar.

Find your way around. It is often said that Istanbul was created to get lost in it. This is especially true in the Great Bazaar. Two little tips to find your way around. First, to know the biggest artery: it is called Kalpakçılar Caddesi. Straight, it connects two important gates, the Nuruosmaniye (mosque) and the Beyazıt (east-west axis). Then the slope: if you go down, you head towards the alleys that lead to the Golden Horn. Otherwise, we go to Beyazıt and its avenue crossed by the tramway rails. Another artery to know is Yağlıkçılar Caddesi : it is located between the gates Çarşıkapı (called Sipahi, then Feraceciler Sokak at the beginning) and Örücüler (north-south axis) which houses a bank, a municipal police office, a post office (a little behind), the mosque ÇakırAğa and toilets. Locating the mosque and its small minaret is very simple when the muezzin makes the call to prayer ! Coming from the Nuruosmaniye gate, the first parts are quite airy, while as we progress towards Beyazıt, the dozens of small alleys take over. If you want to continue your journey to Eminönü (Spice Market) or simply take a walk to the Golden Horn, leaving through the MahmutPaşa door is more convenient (near Nuruosmaniye, towards the slope). Indeed, we come across the descent of the same name: straight ahead, we end up in Eminönü. The Han at the disposal of the Great Bazaar are havens of peace.

Sandal Bedesten. Just at the beginning of the Nuruosmaniye gate, on the right. Formerly a slave market, it is an excellent place to take a break and have tea (prices are generally higher than outside, especially at Şark Kahvesi, near the door Beyazıt).

Han Cebeci. Located inside the Grand Bazaar, on Yağlıkçılar Caddesi. There are no inscriptions on its façade and its architect is unknown. The walls, built of stone and brick, are remarkably well crafted. The arcades of the peristyle and the brick cladding of the domes are particularly interesting from an architectural point of view. This han, by its characteristics, most certainly dates back to the 18th century.

Han Zincirli. Take in front of Cebeci (Perdahçılar Sokak), straight ahead and you are there. Very pleasant for its hushed atmosphere. It is here, on two floors, that goldsmiths give free rein to their imagination.

Han Kalcılar. Just before the door of MahmutPaşa. The architectural style and construction techniques used are from the 18th century. It is a han dedicated to trade, with two levels and a single courtyard, a part of the building with a third level.

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Open from 9am to 7pm. Closed on Sunday.

Members' reviews on BIG BAZAAR (KAPALI ÇARŞI)

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Morwé
5/5
Visited in july 2019
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Immanquable! Le Grand Bazaar est situé en plein milieu du quartier de Fatih, qui promet une immersion dans la culture moyen-orientale turque. Il peut y avoir beaucoup de monde dans les rues qui y mènent, au milieu des fripes, des babioles en plastique et des tissus plus chics, une belle expérience culturelle! Le Bazaar est intéressant au niveau architectural, et nous transporte dans un conte des Mille et une Nuits. Car on y va autant pour le shopping que pour l'originalité du lieu, pour nous Européens. Bien sûr, tout ce que vous allez acheter ici sera un peu plus cher qu'ailleurs, mais vous serez assurés de trouver ce qui vous fait plaisir. Certains vendeurs sont harceleurs, d'autres non.
Il est intéressant de trouver d'autres anciens caravansérails dans ce quartier là.
DustOmbres
3/5
Visited in july 2019
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Malgré son côté mercantile adapté au tourisme contemporaine, il conserve un certain charme
C'est le choix de la facilité pour acheter des souvenirs, mais, malgré son côté de plus en plus moderne qui le ferait presque ressemble à une immense galerie marchande de centre commercial, il garde un certain charme.
Prendre le temps de se perdre dans les allées de traverse.
Nous lui avons quand même préféré le marché aux épices, près du Pont de Galata
fute_921683
4/5
Visited in august 2019
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Incontournable
Il faut y passer mais bon après c’est pas un lieu où faire des achats je pense
Antar
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Visited in august 2019
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Porte bien son nom
Vous cherchez un souvenir d'Istanbul ?
Allez dans ce marché couvert et même si vous n'achetez rien, vous aurez vos souvenirs...
djiboucat
5/5
Visited in august 2019
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orientissime
Immersion orientale parfaite, le grand bazar est l'endroit où il faut aller pour goûter au plaisir de faire ses emplètes dans ce lieu si typique. Des échoppes par centaines, il est intéressant de se perdre dans les petites traverses. Les commerçants ne sont pas trop insistants, le marchandage est de mise. Attention toutefois, il est très difficile devant tant d'abondance, de reconnaître un produit de manufacture turque. mieux vaut donc faire preuve de curiosité et discuter avec le marchand.
Fannyy05
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Visited in july 2019
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À voir
Le grand bazaar est un lieu incontournable à Istanbul. Les rues sont assez spacieuses et il n'y a pas trop de touristes, ce qui est agréable pour s'y promener. Le lieu est également idéal pour changer de l'argent à un taux élevé.
fute_417751
4/5
Visited in march 2019
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Un incontournable à faire quand on visite Istanbul ! Se perdre dans les méandres du Grand Bazar fait le charme de cette sortie et il ne faut pas hésiter à entrer dans le jeu des négociations des prix !
Ce lieu permet aussi de manger à bas prix dans des petits boui-bouis plein de charme !

Attention aux pickpockets !
audrey39b
5/5
Visited in january 2019
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Comment ne pas se perdre ?
Le lieu est très conviviale ! Il y a des allées partout !
sord
4/5
Visited in july 2018
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Un marché couvert, où tout brille ! un nombre impressionnant de petites boutiques les unes sur les autres. un vrai labyrinthe. Il faut marchander car les prix ne sont pas souvent affichés et si vous êtes étranger c'est plus cher. Les plafonds ont des peintures magnifiques ! Il y a des petits restaurants et cafés à l'intérieur très typiques.
Florent73
5/5
Visited in march 2018
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Très belle architecture, variété de produits, ambiance chaleureuse
ketur
4/5
Visited in july 2017
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Très bon endroit pour une visite d'exception. Architecture et lieu incroyable.
MajdaZak
5/5
Visited in october 2017
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A faire, lors d'un passage à Istanbul. A savoir qu'il est fermé le dimanche. L'ambiance est très atypique. Ce qui nous plonge dans la culture turc. Nous sy avons été un matin, dès l'ouverture, c'était relativement calme. Nous y sommes retournés dans l'après midi, beaucoup de monde, difficile de circuler dans les allées. Faites un tour dans les boutiques extérieurs du Grand Bazar, vous trouverez presque les mêmes choses à prix beaucoup plus bas ! Les vendeurs sont plus enclins à négocier !
ClaireMarieR
5/5
Visited in october 2017
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Lieu incontournable pour tous les touristes, le grand Bazar est un marché couvert où l'on trouve de tout ! Il est organisé en quartiers pour se repérer plus facilement.
PLMarie50
4/5
Visited in october 2016
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Endroit sympa pour se balader, lieu de multiples couleurs et d'objets de tous genres. Par contre, pour acheter, mieux vaut s'aventurer quelques rues plus loin, les prix sont nettement moins chers.
jfriends005
2/5
Visited in may 2017
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L'endroit est propre est plutôt bien entretenu. Cependant la demarche commerciale est bien souvent lourde et peu aimable, de plus les prix sont élevés.

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