The grand bazaar turkish kapalar meaning covered market also byk ar meaning grand market in istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with 61 covered streets and over 4000 shops which attract between 250000 and 400000 visitors daily in 2014 it was listed no1 among worlds most visited tourist attractions with 91250000 . Latifa akay rounds up 10 of the best markets in town share on whatsapp share on messenger close the egyptian spice bazaar in istanbul has been selling nuts fruits and spices since 1664 photograph alamy spice bazaar a short walk from the grand bazaar the 17th century eminn egyptian spice bazaar open seven days a week is another . Old bazaars in istanbul are a joy to visit taking you to the ancient times where you can find many traditional and original items. The grand bazaar of istanbul is a lot more than your average shopping mall shopkeepers are not shy about letting you know they want your money and will do their best to get it sixty streets covered with thousand of shops can be overwhelming if you are not a hard core shopper on my first visit . The grand bazaar kapal ar built in the 15th century is the oldest covered market in the worldcovering an area of 54653 square meters it also still ranks as one of the worlds biggest covered markets in other words keep on reading if you want to be prepared before entering this maze of 56 interconnecting vaulted passages housing over 4000 shops with persistent shopkeepers
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