The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world, comprising more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops. Welcoming between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily, it is well known for its jewellery, pottery, spice and carpet shops. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safekeeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
- One of the largest covered markets in the world
- Welcomes up to 400,000 visitors daily
- Great for jewellery, pottery, spices and carpets