Bazaar of Tabriz
The Bazaar of Tabriz, which is dubbed the largest Bazaar in Iran, is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A place in the heart of the historic city of Tabriz, which forms a large part of the city’s identity and has its economic pulse. Here you can touch a piece of Tabriz culture and learn more about the people of this city.
The Historical Bazaar of Tabriz has been listed as the world’s first market in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year in 2010. The Bazaar of Tabriz is one of the world’s largest indoor markets and is one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture. In 1779 this market was ruin to dust by an earthquake, but it was not long before the architects rebuilt it and the current market is related to the late Zand dynasty and Qajar era. The Bazaar of Tabriz was listed in 1977 as a National Monument. This bazaar with about one-kilometre length is of the largest combined, interconnected complexes in the world.
Bazaar of Tabriz Features
Historical Bazaar of Tabriz Collection, it has the complete social organisation among the Iranian bazaars, due to having different parts of a city block. Managing the Bazaar of Tabriz is still social and is considered to be the best trading centre. It is the most appropriate Bazaar for production, distribution, and transaction.
Bazaaris that have been working and earning money in this place during the years have developed their economic behaviour and subcultures, and they have moved these behaviours and cultures over the years from one generation to the next.
Another essential feature of Bazaar of Tabriz is the preservation of its old spirit and senses of traditional Tabriz. Within each chamber and the kiosk that you enter, you can still use tools such as old black phones, large and small abacus, wooden tables, and wood panels, the image of Imam Ali on the wall, the Holy Quran on the table, old oil heaters, Shabby hats, and so many other features are an integral part of the cultural context of this Bazaar. Many Bazaar, first of all, starts their work by reading a few verses from God’s word and blessing their work.
Bazaar of Tabriz Architecture
The central part of the Bazaar of Tabriz is composed of two North-South, and East-West covered corridors. The width of the Bazaar is between 4 to 5 meters, and the ceiling is between 5 and 6 meters high. The roofs are made with dome and brick shapes that are very suitable for the cold weather of Tabriz. On top of these domes, there are stompers in which the light enters the Bazaar environment and creates some lighting conditions in the space. These openings are also suitable for air conditioning in the Bazaar.
When we look at the architecture of the Bazaar, we find that the entire market has not been created as one piece, but architects and designers have added some parts to it over the time. They have built offices, schools, corridors, mosques, etc., in the spaces between and the main passages are interconnected by sub-orders to main corridors.
Accessing Bazaar of Tabriz
Address: East Azerbaijan Province, Tabriz, Grand Bazaar of Tabriz
The Bazaar of Tabriz is accessible from different parts of the city. You can access the Bazaar through the streets of Raste Kouche (Alley), Jomhuri, and Darayi. Of course, other roads and paths end in the Bazaar of Tabriz, but mentioning their names here might be confusing.
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