Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘covered market’) in Istanbul is one of the biggest and oldest covered markets in the world. Construction began in 1455 and wasn’t finished until 1730.

Regarded as the world’s first shopping mall, the bazaar is one of Istanbul’s major landmarks and among the world’s most visited tourist attractions, with around with 91,250,000 annual visitors (2014).

Today the Grand Bazaar is a thriving complex containing more than 4,000 shops and employing around 26,000 people. A restoration project that started in 2012 will modernise the bazaar’s underpinning, heating and lighting systems and see some of the older parts demolished and rebuilt.