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Grand bazaar in Istanbul LARGE SHOPING CENTER

Istanbul is an old city that has witnessed the history itself for centuries with every civilization that came and stayed until the end of its time. But Istanbul stayed where it was all along. This rich history still lurks in the city as it keeps growing and witnessing the contemporary times. Grand Bazaar is one of the most important and famous structures that is left from the days of the past.

Grand Bazaar is known to be the largest covered shopping center in the entire world with 61 streets and around 4.000 shops. There is no limit to what you can find or discover in these streets as you wander around while smelling all that has been lived between the walls of the Grand Bazaar since the day it was built

The hisyory of the grand bazaar

“The Beauties of the Bosphorus”

William Henry Bartlett

1838

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Istanbul is an old city that has witnessed the history itself for centuries with every civilization that came and stayed until the end of its time. But Istanbul stayed where it was all along. This rich history still lurks in the city as it keeps growing and witnessing the contemporary times. Grand Bazaar is one of the most important and famous structures that is left from the days of the past.

Grand Bazaar is known to be the largest covered shopping center in the entire world with 61 streets and around 4.000 shops. There is no limit to what you can find or discover in these streets as you wander around while smelling all that has been lived between the walls of the Grand Bazaar since the day it was built

The location of the grand bazaar and how to go there

Istanbul is an old city that has witnessed the history itself for centuries with every civilization that came and stayed until the end of its time. But Istanbul stayed where it was all along. This rich history still lurks in the city as it keeps growing and witnessing the contemporary times. Grand Bazaar is one of the most important and famous structures that is left from the days of the past.

Grand Bazaar is known to be the largest covered shopping center in the entire world with 61 streets and around 4.000 shops. There is no limit to what you can find or discover in these streets as you wander around while smelling all that has been lived between the walls of the Grand Bazaar since the day it was built

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The tranditional way of shopping

Believe it or not, there are certain things you need to know before going into the Grand Bazaar. Shopping here is a completely different experience than shopping at a mall.

Do not be afraid to chat with the seller because they will be willing to chat with you! The sellers in the Grand Bazaar are very friendly and they can speak a lot of languages. Even if you will not end up buying their products, they will probably offer you Turkish tea or coffee to show hospitality. Do not be afraid of accepting the offer.

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If you are going into antique shops or any shop that sells products that have a long history, the shop seller usually a person of great knowledge in the field. They will tell you all about the history of that product, how its made, when its made or even whom it is made by. Sometimes it is a good idea to learn the history not by strictly reading about it from the books or the internet, like you are doing now, but to learn it by talking to the locals who have crazy stories to tell of their ancestors and history.

When you like a product, even if the price is not that high, do not forget to bargain and do not be shy to bargain in the Grand Bazaar. It is almost like an unspoken, unwritten rule that applies in this place. If you bargain with the seller, it will quickly become somewhat of a game between you two and you will get good discount afterwords. That is what I call a win-win.

Sometimes you may be interested in a product and you may have spent a good amount of time talking to the seller, however, you do not have to buy it. If you end up deciding not to buy the product, you can just walk away and it is completely okay.