Grand Bazaar ( Kapali Carsi in Turkish) is one of the biggest and one of the oldest indoor shopping markets in the world. It is alive with the sights and sounds of street vendors peddling their wares. You can look for silk clothing, art, textiles, ceramics and even oriental jewelry. Don’t be afraid to haggle on the prices here. You’ll also find many restaurants and cafés full of local delights to tempt your palate.
Grand Bazaar, which burned in years of 1546, 1618, 1652, 1660, 1695, 1701, 1750 has always been repaired after each fire disaster. After all this, it had undergone huge damage in the earthquake of 1766. It is partially burned in fires of 1791 and 1826 too. The Kapali Carsi which had just regain is composure was again shaken by an earthquake in 1894 this time. Today it is still alive and still crowded. You will have hard times with walking because of that crowd.
Founded over half a millennium ago by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Kapali Carsi has quite a story to tell, surviving fires and earthquakes over the centuries, each time rising renewed from its ashes like a phoenix. With thousands of stores, stalls, workshops, and storehouses, along with restaurants, change offices, banks, and fountain, the Grand Bazaar is a city by itself. You will even find a post office, a police station and a mosque in bazaar.