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Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi, or Covered Market) is Turkey’s largest covered market (you can see a small fraction of it here).

You can buy almost anything. The colours, sights, sounds and smells are exciting, intoxicating and intimidating all at once. Watch out for pickpockets and bag-slashers in the crowds.

Most guidebooks claim that it has 4000 shops.

Related shots can be found at Turkey or Eastern Meditteranean.

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  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaalmost 7 years ago

    oh ja, i was in Oman once. the Bazarr there was like this too… lovely . Great fun and lighting!!

  • RichardV
    RichardValmost 7 years ago

    Excellent detail. Great capture.

  • Interpretations
    Interpretationsalmost 7 years ago

    Looks like a really interesting place – I’d like to shop there : )
    My husband (Tom – also Scottish) has been there and says its ‘just like that’ :D Deep huh!

  • Janet Ellen Lusk
    Janet Ellen Luskalmost 7 years ago

    Tomg…you have great artistic eye….this is only one of the photos that shows your great talent

  • Sheilz
    Sheilzalmost 7 years ago

    I’ve been here too and your description is exact. The bazaar just leaves your senses reeling. Had great fun haggling here. Istanbul’s a fascinating place with the meeting of East and West. Turkey wasnt a tourist destination when I was there. I was worth two camels and a rug, my friend (blonde) was worth twice as much as me!

  • intheflesh
    inthefleshalmost 7 years ago

    Wow, I want to go here. The colour and layers of texture make me want to go shopping. Now

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtover 5 years ago

    Nice to meet you again this corner in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar Tom!

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunalmost 5 years ago


    Thank you for sharing your favourite place !

  • Thank you so much dear Trudi, I am honoured …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

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