Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

Although the second largest market in Istanbul, due to its convenient location with the old city center, it has a huge number of visitors. They also call it the spice market, although they sell more sweets there, in my opinion.

Of course, this is an attraction and of course there are many tourists here. We, too, could not pass by and went to see what was interesting in the Egyptian Bazaar.

I will say right away that we are of little interest in souvenirs, we are not fooled by barkers, advertising tricks and so on, from the word in general. Our refrigerator has an absolutely clean surface without a single magnet, and the shelves in the cabinets do not have souvenirs, figurines and other things. We take away from trips, first of all, impressions and photo-video material. We can buy sweets for ourselves or relatives, but bought in stores for locals. How we find them is a topic for a separate article.

In general, we went to inspect the Egyptian Bazaar from the point of view of shooting material, examining the range and, of course, the architectural and interior details of an old building.

In front of the building we saw a large number of pigeons that had gathered here for feeding. Here in Istanbul, in general, there is a very reverent attitude towards animals.

The bazaar has 6 entrances, one of which we dive into.

Some data and history of this place:

👉Located in the old area of ​​Eminonu.

👉Construction began on the orders of Safiye Sultan in 1597, but completed in 1664. Initially, the market was part of a large complex around the mosque.

👉The shape of the bazaar resembles a 90 degree angle. Well, or the English letter L, but deployed in a mirror.

👉The domes near the bazaar are covered with lead.

👉The bazaar has about 80 shops, well, or shops, or whatever you call them …

👉The bazaar did not get its name right away, but they began to call it that, because most of the goods were supplied through Egypt.

👉The bazaar suffered two fires and during the last one in the 40s of the last century lost many unique ancient architectural details.

And we also noticed that most of the sellers know Russian. Maybe everyone knows, but it was not possible to communicate with everyone 😂. Apparently because there are a lot of buyers from Russia, if not the majority.

Of the architectural details — the ceiling, what I saw first. A very interesting combination of beige and brown on huge vaults. Throughout the bazaar, these are the main colors of the interior. If on the ceiling it is a painting, then in the interior the role of brown is played by wooden trim details. For example, signs.

I was very attracted to this balcony at the intersection of two galleries of the building. I found information that there is a prayer room here. If this is not the case, then correct me in the comments.

What are they selling here? Sweets, tea and herbs, jewelry and souvenirs, ceramics and dishes, carpets and textiles, soap, national clothes and its elements, carpets and more. As I wrote above, we didn’t buy anything, we just looked with our eyes and captured it on camera.

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