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The Arasta Bazaar, also known as Sipahi Carsisi in Turkish, is located behind the Blue Mosque in the old city center, just next to the entrance of the Mosaic Museum. Despite the Grand Bazaar, Arasta Bazaar is a small and simple traditional market in Istanbul. There are about 40 shops lined on both sides of a street, selling mostly traditional items. Originally this place was built in the 17th century together with the mosque and used to be stabled during the Ottoman period. Several fires in the past destroyed the stables and it was left in ruins for a long time. It was converted into shops in the 1980s, permitting the money from rents to be used in the restoration works of the Blue Mosque.
SHOPPING AT ARASTA BAZAAR
Arasta Bazaar is a tidy market street in the heart of Istanbul. The bazaar is located on a narrow street with many lovely gift shops selling carpets and kilims, travel souvenirs, tiles and scarves on both sides of the street.
Arasta Bazaar is also known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, textiles, carpet shops. In the Arasta Bazaar, a thriving shopping arcade makes both shopping and sightseeing very convenient. You can find more than seventy stores in the bazaar.
All shops in the Arasta Bazaar open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the shops are open on Sundays.
The mosaics found in the environs of the Arasta Bazaar during excavation work in the 1930s proved that the territory once had belonged to a Byzantine Palace complex. While you are here, you can visit the Great Palace Mosaic Museum underneath the Arasta Bazaar. For a relaxing and charming experience, visit the Arasta Bazaar in Istanbul.