Tehran Grand Bazaar
The Tehran Grand Bazaar is an old historical bazaar in Iran’s capital, Tehran. This bazaar is branched into multiple passages focusing on different sorts of merchandise. Most of them starting from “Sabze Meydan”.
History of Tehran Grand Bazaar
Although bazaar-like establishments date back to the 4th millennium B.C. and the settlements around Tehran are as old as 6th millennium BC., Tehran Grand Bazaar is a younger marketplace. The exact establishment time of this Bazaar is not known; however, there are reports of travellers in post-Islam centuries, about the existence of a market in the current location.
By the time of the Safavid era, the village of Tehran was developed, even though, the Tehran Grand Bazaar started to grow little by little. However, it wasn’t before 1660 CE, that western travellers reported the large and busy Bazaar that was covered in places.
The Architecture of Tehran Grand Bazaar
Tehran Grand Bazaar has a unique and complex structure, tangled corridors, domed roofs, and traditional vents are of attractions of The Tehran Grand Bazaar. These beauties and complexities did not exist at the beginning of the bazaar’s development. The bazaar expanded and developed over time; for instance, parts of the bazaar have been covered due to the heat of the summer.
These developments happened in the service spaces as well, so that many coffee houses, baths, mosques, prayer houses and Husseiniyahs (a place to perform religious ceremonies) were constructed in the bazaar.
In each section of the bazaar, new rows have been built that are dedicated to buy and sell special goods, each of which acts as a market. All of these sections hold their own special mosque, baths, and their own specific programs in a way that during ceremonies, each of them competed against each other.
The older parts of the bazaar have extensively similar architectural style, although the sections attached during the 20th century appear outstandingly different. Professionals believe that during the construction of these new sections, minimum attention was directed at the development of these new parts. Nevertheless, during the late 20th century, many projects were carried out to enhance the appearance of the bazaar by using plaster moulding and decorative brickwork.
All of these markets, rows, structures, and services form the Tehran grand bazaar which encompasses around 105 acres of space today.
Tehran Grand Bazaar Today
Today, the Grand Bazaar remains a principal centre of trade. Although, much of Tehran’s commerce and finance has been moved to new improved, upper-class parts of northern Tehran. The market dedicated to watches and local jewellery is spreading, in addition to traditional goods. Tourism growth of Tehran most likely contributed to the economic growth of the grand bazaar.
You can’t find a single Iranian who is not impressed by the Tehran Grand Bazaar. It’s the biggest bazaar in the city bearing almost anything a shopper would desire, offered at a less price than other parts of the city.
Visit Tehran Grand Bazaar
Tehran Grand Bazaar is located in the district 12 of Tehran, surrounded by Molavi, 15-e Khordad, and Khayam streets in Tehran. The best way to arrive at the Tehran Grand Bazaar is through metro, via 15-e Khordad station.
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