The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul




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In many ways, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar remains much as it was centuries ago; enchanting and perplexing visitors with its maze-like network of more than four-thousand colorful shops, fragrant eateries — and insistent shopkeepers.

Rick Steves, Travel Presenter: “Now it’s your turn. What do you have?”
Bazaar Shopkeeper: “Is it possible to show you something you don’t need?”
Rick Steves, Travel Presenter: “Show me something I don’t need. That would be very nice.”

Have some fun with these guys.

Rick Steves, Travel Presenter: “You have more than I need; I’m a lucky man today . . . a special price?”

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Despite the tourists and knickknacks, the heart of the Grand Bazaar still beats, giving the observant visitor an unforgettable memory.

Tea Seller: “Caylar! Caylar! (Tea! Tea!)”

In its day this labyrinthine warren of shops under fine arches was the world trade center for the entire Ottoman Empire, locked down and guarded by more than a hundred soldiers every night.

Today, the main drag is touristy . . . but the complex is so big, it’s still easy to escape the tourist zones and discover some authentic nooks and crannies.

Surprises await in the low-rent fringes of the market.

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A commotion of shouting marks the bazaar’s “poor man’s Wall Street”. These currency brokers are frantically swapping fortunes of euros, dollars and Turkish lira for their clients.

Others put their fortune in gold. The many jewelry shops are a reminder that Turks love gold, not because they are vain or greedy, but it’s considered a practical and tangible place to store their wealth.

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Around the corner, surrounding a humble courtyard goldsmiths labor before furnaces. They’re melting gold off cuts and sweepings from nearby Jewelers’ workshops, back into a pure and more usable form.

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Corner Store. Is the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul new and modern or ancient? Does it consist of one, big, open, spacious shop; or filled with lots of small stores?

General Store. Merchants at the Grand Bazaar sell everyday necessities, such as fruits, vegetables, cheese and clothes. Is this right or wrong?

Convenience Store. Are the most popular drinks cola and juices?

Grocery Store. Were there many bazaars like the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul in the Ottoman Empire?

Souvenir Stand. A group of men were selling carpets through their phones. Is this correct or incorrect?

Mini Market. Do Turkish people love to wear and show off their gold necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings?
Open Market, Marketplace, Bazaar. There are bazaars, open-markets and marketplaces in my town, city and country. Yes or no? Are they new, old, ancient or “middle-aged”?

Flea Market. Are bazaars and marketplaces popular? Do you and your friends like to visit and shop in open markets? Do tourists like to shop in bazaars?

Supermarket. Have you and your friends been to bazaars in other countries, such as Turkey, Egypt, France, Spain, England, Thailand, Mexico? What bazaars would you like to visit?

Department Store. I would like to work as a bazaar merchant.

Hypermarket. What might happen in the future?

Shopping Mall, Shopping Center. Do you prefer bazaars and markets, or supermarkets and shopping malls? Where should people shop?

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