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I visit the Grand Bazaar to capture some daily life in this popular destination. It was crowded too much...

The lunch time in bazaar...

Lens: Canon 35mm f2


Some information about this bazaar:
The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi in Turkish) is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. It was built of wood after the Conquest of Istanbul around an old Byzantine building which became the part of Old Bedesten (Old Bazaar) today, and got bigger and larger throughout the centuries with the addition of new sections and inns. The Bazaar initially consisted of two warehouses only, known as Inner Bedesten and Sandal Bedesten. Later on open streets were covered with doomed roofs, and separate buildings connected to each other. Today it covers an area of approximately 31thousand square meters with its over 3000 shops (some even say 4000), 17 inns (Han), 61 streets, over 20thousand employees, 4 fountains, 10 wells, 2 mosques, several cafes and restaurants, change offices, a police station, and 22 gates. It resembles a giant labyrinth and can be a little complicated for the first time visitor, but after a couple of visits there you can familiarize with it because streets are arranged almost on a grid plan, and shops tend to group themselves according to the type of goods they sell.

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  • Copyright: Hasan Bilgehan (bilgehan) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 72] (1000)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-04-26
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Canon 5D
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/20 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-04-27 2:42
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