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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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  • İt is gourguse place and very clean . You can buy every thing good price.
  • Smaller, nicer and much easier to navigate than the grand bazaar. Lots of beautiful handicrafts and a nice atmosphere.
  • It is a good place for a nice walk. With good shops and unique gifts. There are a variety of products sold there "rugs, carpets, lokum, sweets and masbiha". The prices are good. Make sure you bargain the price.
  • A small bazaar just in front of the Blue Mosque. You can find many staff that you can find in Grand bazaar. There is a Mosaic museum inside.
  • A good bazaar to buy souvenirs of all kinds and sweets. Much more cheaper and more laid back than the grand bazaar.

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