Istanbul's best markets


  • 1 About Istanbul
  • 2 Best Istanbul Markets
    • 2.1 The Egyptian Market
    • 2.2 Wednesday market
    • 2.3 The bookstore market
    • 2.4 The Big Market
    • 2.5 Yeshilkoy Market
    • 2.6 The Copper Market
  • 3 tourist areas in Istanbul
  • 4 References

About Istanbul

Istanbul is considered the capital of empires and the magical city through which east meets the west, [1] and was known by Constantinople , as it was also called Byzantium, Istanbul is located in the continents of Asia and Europe, and its strategic location is a magnet for armies throughout the ages, where it was the capital of the Roman empires , Byzantine and Ottoman, it is also considered Istanbul at the time of Turkey 's largest city, with a population of about 15 million people, and is seen as economically important center, the city stretches along the Bosphorus Strait in northwestern Turkey, with an area of 5.461 km 2 . In this article, we will talk about the most famous markets and tourist areas. [2] [3]

Istanbul's best markets

There are many big markets in Istanbul, and the most important of these markets are as follows:

The Egyptian market

The Egyptian market is one of the oldest popular markets in Istanbul, and it was called the Egyptian market because of the taxes that the Ottoman government imposed on Egyptian goods at that time, which contributed greatly to building the market, and the market contains commercial stores, such as: spice and dried fruit shops , And natural herbs, and nuts, as the market contains shops selling bronze and ornate artifacts, and as a result of the popularity of this market it is crowded with tourists throughout the week. [4] [5]

Wednesday market

The Wednesday market is located in the Al-Fateh area, on the back of the Al-Fateh Mosque, and it is known as the "Wednesday Bazaar", where the market consists of 7 main streets and 17 branch streets, where street vendors and shop owners display their products of fruit and vegetables during the Wednesday of each week. , Meat, fish, eggs, and poultry, as well as clothes, to household items, at very low prices. [6] [4]


The history of the existence of this market dates back to the fifteenth century, and it is a market for displaying and selling books since the Byzantine times , and is located between the Grand Market and Bayezid Mosque, as it was a literary and intellectual center during the Ottoman period, but this market has declined in importance over time after the creation of markets Around the city, but it's still a popular place for students to buy stationery, school supplies, and international books and novels. A statue has been erected in the middle of the market for a person named Ibrahim Matarqa, the owner of the first book printed in Turkey in 1732 CE. [4] [7]

The big market

Big market or the covered market, which was created in 1461 AD after the opening of Istanbul by Mehmet the Conqueror , the market is located inside the old city between Mosque Beyazit Mosque Noor Ottoman, which extends over 40,000 m area 2 , featuring 11 gate and 64 streets and 4000 shop, to become This is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, as this market includes stores selling jewelry, jewelry, antiques, carpets, leather, handicrafts, and others. [8] [4]

Yesilkoy Market

The Yesil Koy Market or the Green Village has been called by this name because this region has wide green spaces, as the market contains 2000 booths, and provides visitors with high-quality products such as clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. [4]

The Copper Market

The Nahhasin market is located in the Amin Ono area near the Egyptian market, and it is one of the oldest and cheapest in the Turkish market , as it is specialized in selling copper handicrafts, from decorated pots, embroidered cups and other craft products, and these products gave the market a distinct atmosphere that made it a destination for many tourists. Local and foreign. [9]

Tourist areas in Istanbul

There are many tourist places attractive to local and foreign tourists, the most famous of which are the following: [5]
  • Hippodrome: The Hippodrome is one of the most important arenas in Istanbul, and was built by order of Septimius Severus in 203 AD, and was completed by Constantine the Great in 330 AD, as it was a center of sport and horse racing during the Byzantine era, and the square also contains monuments such as: the German Fountain, Obelisk was carved in Heliopolis, and the python column.
  • Sulaymaniyah Mosque: It was named after Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the most famous sultans of the Ottoman Empire, where he entrusted the task of building it to the architect Sinan Pasha, and is considered one of his greatest architectural achievements. Sultan Suleiman and his wife were buried inside the garden of the mosque.
  • Istiklal Street: It is a modern street established for shopping, and it extends from Taksim Square along the road to the Galata Tower, and is famous for the presence of tourist attractions, such as: shops, restaurants, hotels, churches, Turkish consulate buildings, and interesting art museums.
  • Hagia Sophia: The Hagia Sophia Church was established by order of the Byzantine Emperor Justin (Justin) II in 537 AD, then it was later converted to a mosque by order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453 AD, after which Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered its conversion into a museum in 1935 AD, and the name of Hagia Sophia came Of the Greek language, which means holy wisdom, was constructed at the entrance to the Bosphorus strait on the European side of Istanbul, which is known nowadays as the Sultanahmet area. The Hagia Sophia is a world historical landmark, and it is of particular importance to Orthodox Christians and Muslims, due to its religious connotation and memory of a great historical period. [10]
  • Topkapi Palace: The Topkapi Palace was built in 1478 AD, and the most important thing that distinguishes the palace is its wide area, as it is about 400,000 square meters, and it is capable of accommodating 4 thousand people. A large kitchen includes about 10 thousand pieces of porcelain and utensils. The Palace Museum also contains many rare treasures and historical antiquities, such as the relics of our master Muhammad, peace be upon him, including: his cloak, a clipping of his beard and one of his teeth, and the palace from the outside includes a fountain called the Sultan's Fountain Ahmed III, which was built during his reign in 1728 AD. [11]
  • The Blue Mosque: It is one of the most famous and largest mosques in Istanbul , which was built between the years 1606-1617 AD by order of Sultan Ahmed I, and was built by the engineer Muhammed Agha, who collected the ideas of his teachers and applied them in its construction, to make the mosque one of the finest produced by the Ottoman architecture, and the reason for its name is the mosque Blue to blue brick covering more than three quarters of its surface. [12]
  • Museum of Islamic and Turkish Arts: In the year 1983 AD, the museum was moved from the house of Sulaimaniya to the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, Minister and son-in-law of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, where the museum includes a wide variety of artworks dating back to the Umayyads, Abbasids, Andalusians, Fatimids, Seljuks and others, as well as The museum is rich in shapes of carpets, glass, wood, and manuscripts. [13]