Since it is the world's largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is a popular destination in Istanbul. Before giving you the ultimate guide to shopping in Grand Bazaar, let's dive into a little bit of history to discover the past of the Grand Bazaar.
The history of the Grand Bazaar is rich with stories and folklore about its beauty and heritage. The Grand Bazaar, with an area of 30,700 square meters and over 60 streets, alleys, and over 4,000 shops was constructed between 1451 and 1481 during Sultan Mehmed II "the Conqueror's" reign. In addition to direct trading, the Grand Bazaar has expanded over time to provide a range of facilities.
In this post, we'll go through a list of the best souvenirs you can purchase when visiting the Grand Bazaar, as well as the most important things you should know about dealing with vendors and purchasing your items there.
As you walk through the Grand Bazaar's carpet market, you'll be hit by the vibrant colors of the carpets and kilims on sale. As a souvenir, you would undoubtedly want to purchase Turkish carpets and kilims to add an oriental touch to your living room.
The ancient art of weaving decorative Turkish carpets is a long-standing tradition in Turkey that represents a part of its Ottoman civilization. It is a craft that is handed on from generation to generation. Each area of Turkey has its own carpet style, and examples of all styles of Turkish carpets can be found in the Grand Bazaar. Kilims are one of the more traditional versions and they are woven in a variety of sizes, the most common and simplest to pack in a travel bag being 2x1 meters or smaller.
Be certain that the decorated pottery influenced by the decorations of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque will astonish you, and that you will want to take all of these decorations home with you as a souvenir to remember your wonderful Grand Bazaar trip. You will be able to see and select from a vast selection of ornate ceramic pieces handmade locally in Istanbul in the Grand Bazaar. Hanging ornaments, pots, cups, mugs, ashtrays, vases, animal figurines, and many other items are available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.
Turkish delight (Lokum) is regarded as the emblem of Istanbul visits. Lokum is an ideal souvenir to purchase from the Grand Bazaar because it encourages friends and family back home to sample one of Turkey’s sweets. Many shops in the Grand Bazaar market these western sweets in a variety of shapes and flavors. We suggest that you sample various flavors before purchasing them so that you can haggle for the final price.
One of the most common items to buy in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is the Nazar boncuğu, also known as the "evil eye bead". These circular objects with a blue backdrop and concentric circles that draw the outline of the eye, according to Turkish culture, are an amulet against the eye of the envious, which is why you'll see them hanging in front of the doors of almost every home and shops in Turkey. Nazar boncuğu is available in a variety of styles and textures, including earrings, key chains, bottles, ceramics, and even a rosary. You can even find cups of Turkish coffee with the evil eye bead design.
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