Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

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The Grand Bazaar is a joyful, feverish universe that can overwhelm and unsettle with its thousands of shops and workshops, caravanserais, warehouses, restaurants, fountains, banks and mosque, all of which in a maze of vaulted alleyways, crammed tight with goods for sale. This gigantic covered market, once the biggest in the world, dates back to the 15C. Hunting for bargains here can almost induce a drunken giddiness, while purchasing is a ceremony that involves long and hard bargaining!

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Istanbul

Opening hours

8.30am-7pm (particularly busy between 10am and 6pm) - closed Sun

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Istanbul: refreshing refuge from the summer sun

Summer temperatures in Istanbul frequently hit the thirties (Celsius)! So, should you find yourself in former Constantinople at this time of the year, be it for business or pleasure, watch out for sunburn and heatstroke. Fortunately however, this huge metropolis is far from lacking in resources for anyone seeking a refreshing refuge from the fierce summer sun.
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