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Spice Bazaar

İstanbul, Türkiye

A trip to Istanbul remains unfinished without a visit to the evocative Spice Bazaar. While the Grand Bazaar holds the title of the city’s largest and most renowned covered market, the Spice Bazaar claims the distinction of being the most vibrant, aromatic, and frequently enjoyable. Visitors often find delight in tasting the array of offerings available here.

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8:00AM - 7:30PM


8:00AM - 7:30PM


8:00AM - 7:30PM


8:00AM - 7:30PM


8:00AM - 7:30PM


8:00AM - 7:30PM


8:00AM - 7:30PM

Detailed Overview

Constructed during the development of the New Mosque in Istanbul, the Spice Bazaar stands as one of the city’s most ancient covered markets. It was originally commissioned by Safiye Sultan, mother of Murat III, in 1597 during the rule of Sultan Mehmet IV, with Davut Ağa and Mustafa Ağa as its architects. The primary purpose of this bazaar was to generate revenue for the New Mosque. Despite undergoing a hiatus in its construction, it was eventually completed by Sultan Mehmet’s mother, Hatice Turhan Sultan. In recent history, the General Directorate of Foundations undertook a comprehensive renovation of the bazaar from 2013 to 2018, preserving its historical significance.

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