If you have visited Constantinople, then you know that you can’t fail to go to Kapali Carsi or to the Grand Bazaar as everybody calls it.
It’s one of the largest covered markets of the world and it spans to mazy alleys with all kinds of stores covering an area of 30.000 square meters!
Kapali Carsi is located in the historical center of Constantinople and is one of its most significant sights.
HOW CAN I GO TO KAPALI CARSI
You can reach there on foot.
If you are in Hagia Sophia is just 15 minutes away.
If you don’t prefer to walk, then you can use the tram and to get off at the Beyazit-Kapalicarsi stop.
The market has two arched buildings. The first one was built by Mohammed the Conqueror between 1455 and 1461.
WHAT CAN I SHOP?
At the Grand Bazaar you can find everything!
And I mean it. From clothes, shoes and bags to jewllery, ceramics, carpets, various kinds of decorative objects, spices even ham am, restaurants, cook shops and cafes.
Whatever comes in your mind it’ll be in there.
Of course the views on prices differ. Others say that there you find the lowest prices; while others claim that the shops outside the market have better prices.
I can’t say which is true.
The only thing that I can say is that when I found myself there I felt that the prices weren’t the chance that I shouldn’t miss.
On the contrary, it seemed to me that they were normal and the anticipated ones.
And even when “I got involved” into a verbal bargain with a Turk merchant because of a bag, the price was higher than I could bear. And when I decided to go he stopped me.
Thus, an endless bargain was started and when we agreed at the ideal price for me, the Turk didn’t accept to be payed by a credit card but in cash.
THE EXPERIENCE OF KAPALI CARSI
If you ever find yourself in Constantinople, you have definitely to visit Kapali Carsi. Not necessary for shopping but for the place itself. The mazy alleys, the fragrances and the atmosphere will be unforgettable!
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