In Turkish, the place is called Kapalıçarşı, or “Covered Market.” But that just doesn't have the same ring to it or sense of awe as “Grand Bazaar.” And let me assure you: this place is definitely filled with wonders!
Istanbul's Grand Bazaar has a long history, dating back to the mid-1400s, just after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. This makes the Grand Bazaar one of the oldest covered markets in the world – it's sometimes heralded as the world's first shopping mall.
You can find everything in the Grand Bazaar – and I do mean everything. The market has over 4,000 shops, selling everything from textiles to knick knacks to glass lanterns.
Out of all the photos I've shared so far from my time in Istanbul, a simple one of colorful glass lanterns inside the Grand Bazaar has been by far the most popular.
So, since you seem to like them so much, check out even more of these gorgeous lanterns:
I could have easily taken photos of these all day, and also could have easily spent all my money buying different ones to send home.
Make sure to allow yourself enough time to browse the Grand Bazaar and its varied shops – but don't be surprised if it's more crowded than in some of these photos; the Grand Bazaar sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every single day!
Which lantern shot is your favorite? Which one would you want to take home?
Thanks very much! Istanbul is such a cool city. But yes, I definitely need to see more of Turkey one day!