Monday, April 2, 2012

Circuit in Turcia 5. Bazarul de mirodenii/egiptean din Istanbul / Roundtrip in Turkey 5. Spice/Egyptean Bazaar in Istanbul

Spice Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar was constructed at the beginning of the XVIIth century near the New Mosque. They used the money obtained from taxes for the merchandise brought from Egypt, hence the name of the bazaar. The income was used to finance the  mosque.

The Bazaar is something which address all senses: it is color, smell, sound. Spices, sweets, almonds, nuts, walnuts, figs, dried fruits and dried flowers, herbal teas - it is something for everybody. Other tourists oriented merchandise could be fiund too. Nevertheless, the guides warn the tourist to prefer the little streets behind the bazaar, where they find the same products much cheaper.

Bazarul de Mirodenii sau Bazarul Egiptean e ceva ce se adreseaza simturilor: mirosuri, culori, zgomote. A fost construit la inceputul secolului al 17-lea, cu bani proveniti din impozitele pe marfurile aduse din Egipt, de unde si numele. Piata a fost construita in continuarea Moscheii Noi si banii obtinuti serveau la finantarea acesteia.

Doritorii pot gasi aici tot felul de mirodenii, dar si dulciuri, alune si miere. De asemenea, se mai vand pastrama de oaie si caviar iranian, cel mai bun dar si cel mai scump, ceaiuri de plante, flori uscate. Se mai gasesc aici si alte marfuri, orientate spre turisti.

Majoritatea ghizilor avertizeaza sa nu cumparati insa mirodeniile de aici, unde sunt mult mai scumpe, ci pe stradutele din spatele bazarului, de unde cumpara si localnicii.
Moscheea Noua
in fundal, Turnul Galata, aflat in zona
instrarea in Bazarul de Mirodenii
in bazar


Randy said...

Looks like a great market.

Traveling Hawk said...

It's very interesting, Randy. Thanks for the comment!

Doug Hickok said...

I like very much the images from the bazzare... there is a wealth of color!

Traveling Hawk said...

It's attractive for a photograph, Doug:)

joo said...

It's like a place from the 1001 nights! Lovely post!

Traveling Hawk said...

You are right, Joo! It's Ali Baba's cave!