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Arasta Bazaar

Sultanahmet Mah., Arasta Çarşısı No. 143, Sultanahmet

Behind the Blue Mosque, this covered street of small shops features some of the classiest traders in the city. Everything from genuine Iznik ceramics to fine textiles to beautifully crafted jewellery is on offer. The atmosphere is peaceful (shopkeepers are not allowed to spruik potential customers) and the designs of the shops are very pretty. After being devastated by fire, the shops were rebuilt following the excavation of the mosaics from the Byzantine Great Palace in the 1920s. The Mosaic Museum halfway down the street is essential viewing.

Other shops of interest include Jennifer’s Hamam and Mehmet Çetinkaya, which is just outside the bazaar. The bazaar’s website has the full list of traders.

Cornucopia 50

From Palace to Bazaar

The Hill of Dreams
Mehmed the Conqueror had a vision of a palace and imperial capital: a place of opulence, complexity and mystery that would inspire awe. And so it does. No less vaunting, Sultan Ahmed decreed that his Blue Mosque should rival the glorious basilica of Ayasofya. With three prodigious hillside monuments, and much more, the Sultanahmed district is a tourist hotspot. Glut your senses, then escape the madding crowds in the cool chambers of the Archaeological Museum beneath the Topkapı.

Cornucopia lavishes 30 pages on this area alone, exploring the Topkapı with renowned guide Claire Karaz, while historian Caroline Finkel visits more Ottoman glories unchanged in centuries. Cornucopia takes you on a spending spree through the bazaars, guides you through Sultanahmet and the Hippodrome, and much more…
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