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Spice Bazaar is İstanbul’s one of most colorful and lively places. This historical market has witnessed many cultures, religions, and people come and go; but it is still here to discover as alive as it is in centuries ago. This audio guide is prepared for Istanbul Tourist Pass® customers to enhance their journey into this vibrant market! You will be discovering the famous Spice Bazaar’s past and present. Enjoy your tour
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Duration - 60 Minutes approximately by your own
Audio Guide - English
Free Audio Guide for Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar, where the market has traditionally operated since Byzantine times, is situated on the seaside side of Eminönü. In those days, when marine trade was prominent, Eminonu had a booming commercial activity. Istanbul's strategic location between East and West, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea made it one of the most significant trading hubs during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Istanbul served as the hub of global trade for ages. In the same spot as the current Spice Bazaar, there existed a former Spice Bazaar called "Makron Envalos" during the Byzantine era.
From the Byzantine era to Ottoman, this market was operational but not very organized. Then, to raise money for the care of the neighboring New Mosque, the construction of Istanbul's Spice Market started. So the Spice Bazaar was first constructed as a component of the New Mosque complex to serve as an economic facility to allow the pious foundation to survive without assistance or support from outside sources. Today it is the largest spice market in the world is and the second-largest covered bazaar in Turkey.
A Spice Bazaar tour is truly more than fantastic in every meaning of the term. When you visit the Spice Bazaar, you can find yourself drifting off easily while you buy a variety of spices, natural cures for aches and ailments, and time-tested aphrodisiacs.
The spice market is in fact a study in flavors and scents. A variety of Turkish delights, baklava, teas, Turkish coffee, and dried fruits may all be found here.
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Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:00 AM - 7 PM
Sundays: 9:30 AM - 7 PM
Spice Bazaar is closed on national and religious holidays.
You can take the tram or a bus to Eminönü, then walk across the square with the New Mosque on your left, and head down the narrow street of vendors, before turning left into the bazaar.
Spice Bazaar is a public place and you can visit freely.
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The Spice Bazaar is located on Eminönü's coastal side, where the market has long been open since the Byzantine era. When marine trade was prevalent at the time, Eminonu had a boom in its business sector. Istanbul was one of the most important trading centers during the Byzantine and Ottoman eras due to its advantageous location between East and West, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. For centuries, Istanbul was the center of world trade. During the Byzantine era, a Spice Bazaar called "Makron Envalos" was located where the modern Spice Bazaar is now.
This market was open from the Byzantine through the Ottoman periods, but it was not well-organized. The development of Istanbul's Spice Market then began in order to collect funds for the maintenance of the nearby New Mosque. Consequently, the Spice Bazaar was initially built as a part of the New Mosque complex to function as an economic facility so that the devout foundation could operate without help or support from outside sources. It is currently the second-biggest covered bazaar in Turkey and the largest spice market in the world.
A Spice Bazaar tour is excellent in every sense of the word, genuinely more than fantastic. When you shop at the Spice Bazaar, you can find yourself nodding off without even trying as you purchase a variety of spices, homeopathic remedies for aches and pains, and traditional aphrodisiacs.
Visitors who have the Istanbul Tourist Pass® can enjoy a free audio
guide at the Spice Bazaar. The Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian
Bazaar, is a colorful and vibrant marketplace located in Eminonu,
Istanbul. This famous bazaar is the perfect place to discover the unique
and exotic spices that Turkey has to offer. Visitors can stroll through
the narrow alleys, marvel at the colorful displays of herbs, spices,
nuts, and dried fruits, and even sample some of the delicious Turkish
delights. The Spice Bazaar is open every day from early morning until
evening, and visitors can also explore the nearby Grand Bazaar, another
famous marketplace in Istanbul that offers an even wider selection of
goods. With the Istanbul Tourist Pass®, visitors can make the most of
their visit to the Spice Bazaar with a free audio guide that will
provide valuable insights into the history and culture of this
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Every day, apart from religious and public holidays, the Spice Bazaar is open between 9 AM – 6 PM.
You may purchase coffee sets, chess sets, backgammon sets, Turkish delicacies, spices, herbs, and more. Even though you don't intend to purchase anything, the bazaar has a rich history and served as Istanbul's central marketplace throughout the Ottoman er
The market was built as a component of the New Mosque in the 1660s, and the mosque's charity endeavors, which included a school, hamam, and hospital, were supported by the rent from the shops.
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Yes, Spice Bazaar is also known as Egyptian Bazaar. In Turkish, Spice Bazaar is called Misir Carsisi, and ‘Misir’ means Egypt.,