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The Grand Bazaar

Istanbul’s Kapalıçarşı (covered market) is as vast and colorful as the city itself. It’s intimidating and fast-paced, and there’s a certain awe that consumes you when wander its streets. It’s easy to get lost, but it’s also part of the fun. Construction for what now stands as the core of the building began almost 600 years ago as a textile market. Another market was later built nearby, and the space between the two was slowly filled with other merchants and their outdoor kiosks, until eventually the entire area became dense with commerce. Today it’s filled with thousands of shops and visited by at least a quarter of a million people every day. I spent just a brief time in the belly of the beast, but I wanted to share a few photos of the place. I plan on returning shortly to do some proper shopping!

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2 thoughts on “The Grand Bazaar

  1. Sara, I just finished reading and viewing your pictures. I enjoy both your writings and pictures. Sounds like you’re happier here than in Cambodia! Keep up the good work and stay safe.
    Aunt Jean

    • Thank you, Jean! Yes, things are much more comfortable here and I’m really loving it! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. I hope to post much more often, so be sure to check back often! All my love.

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