Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

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    The maze

    by Lalique Written Jan 22, 2004

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    Favorite thing: You need to experience it, at least once.... I did it twice, though...

    Grand Bazaar, one of the best touristic offer of Istanbul, a maze of rows, tonnes of different stuff..... 90% of tourists.... locals either sell, or pass thru to cut the way between the two streets....

    One of the places where locals are multilingual and can guess your nationality for 95% at the 1st glance....

    .... but you still need to experience it.

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    The Grand Bazaar

    by SirRichard Updated Dec 15, 2002

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    Favorite thing: You may visit the Bazaar just to admire it, but if you are gonna buy, here are some rules:
    - If you are not going to bargain, say NO at the very beginning. Ten minutes later is much worse...
    - Don't stop and ask the price unless you're prepared to bargain.
    -Their first price is NEVER their last! Neither should yours be. Start much lower than what you want to pay, then get more reasonable.
    - Don't point at anything, it will show you really like it...
    - Relax... this kind of activities take tiiiiiiime. Don't be in a hurry... you'll end up paying more.
    - Be always polite, don't be rude.
    - Do as if you go away. If he calls you back, he would low down the price.
    - If you really like something, buy it. IT IS much cheaper than you think, and you won't have the chance to get it again!!!

    The main Gate

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    Walk around in the 'Great...

    by Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Walk around in the 'Great Bazar'(also known as the 'Covered Bazar'), with more than 5000 little shops, all selling typical Turkish things e.g. leather, jewelry, ceramics, carpets, etc.
    DON'T GET LOST like I did.

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    The Grand Bazaar

    by PinkDolphine Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Grand Bazaar

    Fondest memory: Beware of tour operators. They will take you to the market and leave you there, attacked by rug sellers that will kill you to get you to buy something. The tour operators get a comission, so they want you to buy.

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    The Grand Bazaar.The Grand...

    by eladr Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Grand Bazaar.
    The Grand Bazzar also known as the Covered Bazzar is located in the old city. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4, 000 shops with each having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street and so on. The foundations of the Covered Grand Bazaar were built right after the conquest of Istanbul by Ottomans. First the old bedesten and Sandal Bedesten were built. The bazaar grew in time with additional shops and halls, the resulting arcades and halls were covered with arches. Each street became the center of one particular trade such as the slipper-makers, furniture-makers, quilt-makers. The bazaar comprises 4400 shops, 40 hans on 50 streets, 2200 rooms, 19 fountains, hamams, mosques making it a city within itself. Covered Bazaar suffered from fires during 1943 and 1954 which destroyed much of its authenticity. However it still remains as a big attraction as the center of Turkish Jewelry, carpets, embrodery, antiques, etc.

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    Cold water for you

    by benazer Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: What a great idea,first time i seen this anywhere ,a public water cooler
    if you are thirsty enjoy a free cold drink here,what a friendly city.

    Fondest memory: Everything

    public watercooler

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    Then there is the covered...

    by seagoingJLW Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Then there is the covered bazaar. What a wealth of objects to buy! And what a maze in which to get lost!

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