The Grand Bazaar is one of the symbols of the Istanbul, and also usually regarded as the first shopping center in the world.
Starting as a small vaulted bedesten(warehouse) built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461, it grew to cover a vast area as lanes between the bedesten, neighbouring shops and hans (caravanserais) were roofed and the market assumed the sprawling, labyrinthine form that it retains today with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.
Naturally, there are many doors to enter the Bazaar. In the map above, you see a route to follow uphill from the seaside, and below you will find directions to go to the Beyazıt Gate by public transport, and then walk downhill from there.
Open from Mondays to Saturday, 09:00 to 18:00.
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