With 250,000 to 400,000 visitors daily, The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world. A Byzantine building, Old Bedesten, is the nucleus of The Grand Bazaar. The construction of the future Grand Bazaar's core, on the other hand, started during in 1455/56, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and ended in 1460/61. It has 60 streets, 5,000 shops, two mosques, four fountains, two hamams, several cafés, restaurants, and four main gates. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, pottery, spices, leather and antique shops. The Grand Bazaar was chosen to be the most visited monument in the world in 2011. It is opened each day except Sundays and bank holidays from 9:00 until 19:00.
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P.P.S. Read about some of our favorite shops here.