One of the most important thing for me on a trip is the shopping culture of local people places. Therefore, for me, visiting open-air markets is just as important as visiting museums. Visiting open-air markets gives you many tips about daily life and culture.
When you visit Turkey if you are curious about culture, history and daily life together, visiting open-air markets, boutiques and amazing bazaars are the best choices to make your trip wonderful. You can find many local products, spices, fresh foods and vegetables in the open-air markets, and can find many daily local life items.
That’s all to observing the daily life and culture but if you would like to add history to these experiences? Of course, the best choice is visiting historical bazaars in Turkey; that’s what exactly you want. In that historical bazaars, you can observe the daily life and culture with feeling history.
Of course, you can find more than 4 but i choose 4 of them for you. Let’s have a look to learn something about 4 historical bazaars in Turkey.
Yes, I know you heard about it or visit before. But some more information would be nice I think.
Grand The bazaar is historically and culturally so important for Turkey and İstanbul. Inside of this bazaar 60 streets just for shopping. Come on 60 streets! Okay, maybe this means not more. How about 5000 shops inside of it? Yes between 250.000-500.000 people visit these streets and shops for Turkish hand made carpets, antiques, amazing jewellery, exotic spices, embroideries, hand-painted ceramics, Turkish delights and more in the Grand Bazaar every day.
You can give a Turkish tea or coffee break around seaside with Boshosporus view when you finished shopping. Of course, my advice eating delicious Turkish foods also.
So what is the historical story of Grand Bazaar? Grand Bazaar started to be built around 1455 after Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered Istanbul in 1453. It is completed in 1460. It preserves its state in 1460 until the 17th century.
According to the famous Turkish traveller Evliya Çelebi; At that time, there were 300 inns and 3000 shops in the historical Grand Bazaar.
According to the Ottoman records, in the early 20th century, there were 4399 shops, 2195 rooms, 1 bath, 1 mosque, 10 madrasahs, 19 fountains, 1 mausoleum and 24 inns.
It is difficult to find works that maintain their historical liveliness these days. Grand Bazaar is one of the rare historical places you can see with its 30.000 employees.
Its opened each day except Sunday and bank holiday 9 am to 7 pm.
Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar / İstanbul)
The Spice Bazaar is the largest covered shopping complex with Grand Bazaar. It is really a privilege to visit this famous historical place in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, in the same district as Grand Bazaar.
It was built with the revenues from the Ottoman state of Egypt in 1660. You need a tip about its name because it causes some translation problems sometimes. “Mısır” has a double meaning in Turkish. One of the meaning of it “Egypt” and the other meaning is “corn”. People check from google and directly translate and because of this translation they ask “Corn Bazaar”.
The bazaar is still the centre for the spice trade in Istanbul.
Koza Hanı (Bursa)
Bursa has a very important place in the silk trade. Bursa, which is the endpoint of the Silk Road. The importance of Koza Han is come from being the end of the Silk Road during Ottoman time for silk traders from China. Bursa, which is one of the endpoints of the Silk Road for Ottoman’s.
Koza Inn’s history dates back to 1492. Koza Inn, located in a large area where Orhan Mosque and Ulu Mosque is located, is architecturally important work with its 95-room structure. One of the events that made Koza Inn known is undoubtedly Queen Elizabeth’s visit here.
Koza Inn is the best place to witness this historical importance of Bursa and Turkey. You can find jewellery stores that selling natural stones in gold and silver; also clothes, shoes, leather wares and more.
Forgoing to Bursa, you can use the bus and ferry from İstanbul.
Hasan Paşa Hanı (Diyarbakır)
The historical Hasan Pasha Inn is located in Diyarbakir, which is located in the south-east of Turkey. Hasan Pasha Inn has great historical importance with the Ulu Mosque which şs across of it.
Construction work started in 1572 and ended in 1575. The structure of it makes you feel it’s history. It is hard to understand what is happening without looking through the door on the west side.
But as soon as you step inside, an impressive view will greet you. Two different stone colours used in its architecture will make you feel larger and longer than it is. Hasan Pasha Inn, full of small teahouses and souvenir shops. But my advice is breakfast in “Kahvaltıcı Kadir”. Because of its popularity, it’s getting expensive than the other places around it but definitely should try once.