A glimpse of the most beautiful and oldest markets in Istanbul
The Covered Market (Grand Bazaar):
Is one of the oldest and most beautiful covered markets in the world, built during the reign of Sultan Mohammad I in 1455, and was expanded during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
The currently covered market includes 61 streets with 5,000 shops and more than 400,000 visitors a day, where the tourists and the local people come to enjoy its varied offers such as fine hand carpets, pottery and copperware, woolen and silk products, antiques, jewelry, original leather products, Turkish sweets and many more.
In the covered market, there are also many Turkish baths and old mosques as well as restaurants and cafés.
The market is also close to famous tourist attractions such as the Blue Mosque and the Ayasofya Museum, and also close to Gulhane Park and Topkapi Palace.
Egyptian Market (Spice Market):
This market was built during the reign of Sultan Murad III in 1597, and its purpose was to finance the construction of the mosque directly opposite the market known as the Yeni Cami.
It was called the Egyptian market at that time because the Egyptian traders offered their goods and most of these goods were fabrics and spices, and it remains the most popular in the spice trade to this day.
This market takes its visitors on a journey through time through its stone floor, its ancient walls and ornate dome.
The Egyptian market offers varied products, such as spices, spices, nuts, Turkish sweets, especially the rest of the throat, natural herbs, dairy and cheese, fabrics, hand carpets, Ottoman and Arabic words, natural cosmetics and others.