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Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul

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A genuine Turkish experience in and of itself, Arasta Bazaar sits right in the city's historical center. Adjacent to the Blue Mosque, the bazaar dates back to the 17th century, when the revenues paid by shop owners were used to finance the upkeep of the mosque. Today it's one of the city's main tourist attractions, drawing visitors from all over the world who seek authentic Turkish goods and atmosphere. Shop for handmade kilims, jewelry, artwork, spices, and other local products. Stop by a traditional coffeehouse and immerse yourself in traditional tastes and aromas. While at the bazaar, you can also visit the Mosaic Museum, which displays mosaics from the Byzantine Great Palace, which once stood here. Arrange to visit Arasta Bazaar and other attractions in Istanbul using our Istanbul day trip planning site .
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  • Small Bazaar without great internet prices are exorbitant € 250 for a tea service! Supposedly the Crystal unbreakable ect ect €250
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  • Sure, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is definitely bigger, but personally I much preferred this because, although having less stores, has the most interesting articles in my opinion especially regarding fabrics, traditional dress and jewelry! I highly recommend it!
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  • You want to buy here! Especially what you think. Tourism area because prices are higher. I think I only watch window. And Islamic souvenirs are sold from. Walk slowly in the past but recently quickened the mind. Looking at now "Hello"; If it refrains from them I would buy little things, that idea does not seem. Wider stairs to the Sultanahmet Square sidewalk.
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  • Beautiful historical bazar (market). Entrance door is adjacent to blue mosque, while walking to Hagia sophia, you can go though and have some shopping too.
  • Turkish people are very polite and nice,they are rich in hospitality,their fashion sense is so attractive that we can observe it in common people.shopping is very cheap and best quality products are easily affordable,to me if someone wants to experience best and safe environment and at the same time wants to do shopping he/she should go to turkey.
  • A tidy market street in the heart of Sultanahmet’s district. This small bazaar was built in the 17th century, and the rental revenues from its vendors were meant to finance the Blue Mosque. It has a wooden-facade shops filled with carpets, jewelry, souvenirs, ceramics, etc.
  • An absolute recommend if you’re visiting Istanbul, delicious foods and spices and really cheap plus good quality goods. Just don’t forget to visit the bigger bazaar which is the grand bazaar. But if you’re looking for a more calmer place, this bazaar is the place for you.
  • The Ottoman bazaar was also called as Sipahi (cavalrymen) bazaar because the equipments of cavalrymen were also sold there during the Ottoman Empire. It is hosting almost seventy shop on both sides selling traditionla carpets, rugs, souveniers and ıznik ceramics. Just alittle information bargain them before you buy something.
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