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Kapali Carsi, Istanbul

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Shop for lamps, traditional clothing, carpets, scarves, spices, and more at Kapali Carsi, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Home to over 3,000 shops spread across 61 covered streets, construction of this grand bazaar began in 1455 after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Explore the stalls squeezed into the small tunnels as you bargain with shopkeepers for a range of items.The inner and outer walls are filled with 44 cellars, vaulted rooms that do not have external openings, but which are filled with sunlight that enters through the rectangular windows placed beneath the roof. Avoid getting lost in the maze of stalls by bringing long-range radios if you are traveling with a group, and keep track of the door numbers of the shops you are entering and exiting from. The bazaar is easily accessible by tram. Put Kapali Carsi into our Istanbul trip itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Istanbul.
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TripAdvisor
  • The Kapali Carsi (or covered market) is a beautiful, awe inspiring, exciting and intense market of such historic and architectrural significance that it stunned me to silence. It is absolutely huge an...  more »
  • It was a beautiful day. We took a walk to see what was going on in the famous bazaar. There are endless shops selling everything from gold to spices. We were hassled from the moment we stepped into th...  more »
  • It is the largest and oldest mall in the world. Whatever you are looking for you can find it here. Understand that every store owner will use every trick to get you in their store. Enjoy and spend 4 o...  more »
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  • The roofed market is one of the attractions of Istanbul that you can not avoid, especially if you are in a tourist group. Always crowded, items are overpriced and most of them are made in China. Some decades ago it would be a very interesting market with eastern goods, but not anymore. Colorful, vivid and noisy, if you have time to spend, pay a visit._
  • Over 4000 shops. Everybody can find something for himself.
  • اغلب المعروضات فيه غالية جداً
  • Interesting architecture monument. Very unusual for Europe.
  • Overpriced compare to other bazaars.