The Spice Bazaar, also known as (Mısır Çarşısı) which means the Egyptian Bazaar, is the first address for those looking for traditional Turkish flavours in Istanbul for centuries. Thousands of spices from Asia and Africa to the east of our country, Turkish delight and Turkish market. In 2015, the famous market newly opened jewellers and souvenirs and selling shops, mystic atmosphere with its customers shopping provides an amusement journey to history.
It was founded in 1461 resembles a huge maze with its aesthetic design. The historic shopping area with 60 streets and more than 3,600 stores covers a total area of. 30,700 square meters. At first sight of the square that displayed a huge structure the Spice Bazaar was exposed to more than 20 earthquakes and fire disasters until the fire broke out in 1954 and then the current problem was taken from after renovations that took place after the earthquake of 1894
The Egyptian bazaar is located in Eminönü, just across the Galata bridge, next to the New Mosque. The Bazaar, built in bi-directional way, is stretched with its L-shaped plan. Although Sultan Mohamed El Fateh was established in 1461, the Egyptian Bazaar was rebuilt by the Great Suleiman. Egyptian Bazaar has valuables such as jewellery, fur, precious metals and decorative goods.
The Topkapi Palace was the Ottoman Empire's administration, while the Egyptian Bazaar was referred to as the Bazar treasury. Today, it is a tourist market and still retains the charm of the financial center due to the majority of jewellers.
The name of the Egyptian Bazaar
The area chosen for the construction of the Bazaar is thought to have been used for the same purpose during the Byzantine period. It is estimated that the most important factor in the construction of the bazaar is the Egyptian name, and that it has been mentioned with different names until today. The bazaar was named “Yeni” means “new” and, “Valide “ means “mother” with reference to the complex and the person who built it.
The Egyptian Bazaar, in the early period was allocated to transfer and cotton artisans. Nowadays, it is visited by local and foreign tourists are on their travel and shopping routes, and the shops in the bazaar sell spice, confectionery, textile products, essences, gold, silver, and gift items.
The historical place encountered fires in its past. The first fire that started in a tavern at the entrance in 1688 could not cause much damage to the bazaar. However, after 3 years, all parts of the bazaar were burned except for a few iron-door shops. The fire in 1940 caused great damage and the bazaar was restored by Istanbul Municipality.
Egyptian Bazaar Visiting Days and Hours
The Egyptian market is open every day from 8:00 to 19:30. Except on Sunday from 9:30 to 19:00. The market is closed during religious and republican holidays.
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