The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world. It resembles a giant labyrinth. It is made up of streets of various shops sheltered by roofs and domes. It has hundreds of domes which are covered with lead and windows. The nucleus of the Grand Bazaar is a Byzantine building which is currently called the “Old Bedesten”. The Grand Bazaar covers an area of 31 hectars with 61 streets, 10 wells, 4 fountains, 2 mosques, 2 hamams (Turkish Baths), 17 hans, 22 gates and over 3 thousand shops.

The bazaar has been an important trading center since 1461. It was vastly enlarged in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

The gate that one usually enters into the Grand Bazaar is called “Nuru Osmaniye” which means “the light of the Ottomans”.

It is a real fun to stroll around the Grand Bazaar and explore small and humble shops which offer you lots of beautiful souvenir items for your pleasure.

It’s a real heaven for shoppers.