The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul

Jens Helmstedt

Joined December 2008

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The Spice Bazaar, (Turkish: Mısır Çarşısı), also known as “Egyptian Bazaar” in Istanbul’s quarter Eminönü is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Covered Bazaar. The building was built by Ottomans as part of the complex of Yeni Mosque and completed in 1660. Rents from the shops and customs duty on the import of spices from Egypt should help pay for the upkeep of the mosque.

In the old vaults seduce colorful and nice decorated sweets, herbs and spices such as saffron, cumin, sage, mint, sesame, clove buds, thyme, various sorts pepper, ginger, cinnamon, Turkish sweets, halva, nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts and dried fruits such as apricots, figs, dates and much else.

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