Shopping in one of the world’s oldest bazaars

When you find yourself looking for something to do during your stay in one of the Kas Holiday Villas you can do no worse than to have a wander around one of the oldest shopping bazaars in the world. It was constructed in 1461 as a celebration after Sultan Mehmet II successfully conquered Constantinople and created it as the central trading area for the entire Ottoman Empire. As the Empire itself began to grow as new areas were conquered the Grand Bazaar turned into the main marketing hub for any trade taking place in the Mediterranean area from the beginning of the 17th Century onwards.

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In total there are over 60 streets that make up the Grand Bazaar with a total of just over 4,000 shops operating from the bazaar. It is thought that over 250,000 people visitor the market every day to take a look at all of the items that are on offer including a large amount of jewellery, siks, leathers, antique crafts as well as modern day creations. Ceramic and copperware items are also incredibly popular. Due to its size and the number of products available it is one of the most famous and visited market places across the world with many people adding it to their to visit list. When the Bazaar was first established each street was dedicated to a specific product or trade. So you would find all of the jewellers in one area. This is no longer the case today and you will find a mixture of vendors across each street of the market.

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The impressive entrance way looks like you are walking into an incredible castle with portcullis style architecture as well as 21 other gates that all connect together through a maze of 56 passages. Many people visit the market as much for the architecture and its overall look as well as for the shopping experience. One other cultural element that you will experience in the Grand Bazaar, that is very alien to us as Brits is ‘pazarlik’ or haggling. It is something that is very much encouraged and no one pays the asked price for any item that they find. Sundays are the only days that the bazaar is closed and n the other six days you can wander round the stalls as well as sit and relax and enjoy some local delights in one of the many cafes and restaurants that can also be found in the area.

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