The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan
Like other cities in Iran, Isfahan has a sizeable traditional bazaar, which is said to be different and other bazaars in the Islamic world cannot compete with it.
There are shops in this Bazaar that have been offering only one type of product from 400 years ago until today. The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan, which in the past hosted a variety of businesses such as bookbinding, cashmere, saddlery, garments, and shoemaking, is dedicated to the sale of clothing today.
The stretch of the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan leads to the mosque of Jasmah and then to the Orian Bazaar.
History of The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan
This Bazaar has been one of the most luxurious shopping centres in the Safavid era and still has the same boom. The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan starts in Qaiseray and then continues to other Bazaar such as the Chit-Shop market and then leads to the Dar Al-Salaam market. The big indoor market of Isfahan is long, and it is several kilometres, and each section is for sale of specific merchandise, but in this market, only the goods are not only sold but also produced. Isfahan’s Qaisariya bazaar is also part of The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan.
As mentioned above, The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan dates back to the Safavid era, and at that time it has enjoyed a certain boom, and items such as cloth and a variety of expensive rugs were sold. The market boom was so massive that even foreign companies were present in it.
The architecture of The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan
The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan is located on Imam Square of Isfahan and has been painted throughout with unique designs and shapes from the Safavid era. The gate of this market is arched and decorated with regular, luxurious, and beautiful paintings. Today, of course, none of the past glories and colours are visible, and the shapes have lost a little bit of colour. This market was built between 1602 and 1620 A.D. and is an example of the best works of history and architecture that have retained since.
The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan in view of tourists
The foreign tourists who visited Isfahan and the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan have said about it:
The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan has a stunning landscape and has been constructed in symmetry in some parts, which resembles the Abbasid market.
What to buy at the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan?
The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan has a variety of products that you can buy. The first option that comes to our mind is without a doubt the purchase of copper handicrafts and dishes.
If you walk in the coppersmiths’ section, the sound of the hammer will give you an exciting experience; you can buy handicrafts in the bazaar and even see how they are made.
Copper dishes with fine Mina art are also a great option to purchase in this grand bazaar. Add the chopped copper dishes to the list, or even Khatam which is famous in Esfahan and is considered the main handicrafts of this city.
In general, if you are interested in handicrafts, The Grand Bazaar of Isfahan is one of the best shopping centres of this type.
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