Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Arasta Bazaar - Istanbul

The Arasta Bazaar complex was built in the first decades of the 17th century, at the same time as the Blue Mosque. It used to function as a market area, and the rents went towards the mosque's upkeep.

Walking here is a less tiring experience, compared to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, where there is an endless stream of people. At Arasta Bazaar there is less stress, and we found the vendors here to be less pushy, compared to other places in the city.

There are 83 shops selling jewelry, pottery, spice, textiles, and carpets. You also find a Mosaic Museum here, displaying mosaics dating back to the Byzantine area.

Read more on the Bazaar on their official website

(Photo top: Bazaar website)

Location of the Arasta Bazaar - see this map

Vis Istanbul A-Z 2009 Updated January 6th 2010 i et større kart

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