Eastern bazaars - history and features
When the “Eastern Bazaar” exhibition was held in Moscow, many visitors realized that everybody who comes from the near abroad, be it Pakistan, Uzbekistan, or Tajikistan, has ancient culture. You can not look down on them and see only people capable only revenge yards. As locals say, the bazaar is not a market. First of all, this is a special atmosphere behind which philosophy is hidden. Here you can find out all the news, show yourself, see others, pop out following a beautiful girl, and, of course, get real pleasure from the art of real bargaining.
Back to the past
The Great Silk Road was famous for many miracles, but the main of them were the bazaars. Eastern markets were considered the center of business life, and if in a certain expression all roads led to Rome, then in this case all the streets of the cities seemed to be magnetised at one point called bazaar.
A picture of the past years appears as a delusion before our eyes. From the high minaret of the market mosque, the muezzin urges residents to perform the first prayer.The fire sellers spread hot coals to their customers, and in a moment the whole market square was surrounded by an alluring scent. This tandoor baked cakes. But fresh bread is not available to everyone. The poor are content with a handful of boiled beans called mash.
But before those who are able to pay for the fresh cake, Askhana Bazaar appears in all its glory. Next to steaming bread, the pyramid is lined with samsa, and teapots are puffed up on clay trays.
Raisin bazaar is filled with dried and fresh fruit, shala bazaar meets with bags filled with different varieties of rice, wheat, barley, and jugara. A little further visible streets that lead to the market. Here everything is replete with colorful flowers of clothes and headdresses: hats, hats, skullcaps, caps.
It seems that people all over the world have come together at one point - on the main shopping area. And this morning is repeated day after day - months, years, centuries ...
Photos of the eastern markets of Dubai
The gold market is the most famous place in the UAE, which attracts not only wholesalers, but also tourists who want to buy an exquisite jewelry at a bargain price. Hundreds of sellers offering gems, jewelry masterpieces and thousands of buyers who want to find the fascinating Arab gold at a bargain price.
The market of spices will meet you with a riot of colors, aromas and cries of merchants, who vied with each other offering to buy the very best herbs, fruits, rice and much more. Not only famous chefs come here, but also housewives who want to please the guests and family members with delicious dishes. Here you can find high-quality saffron, nuts and even exotic spices brought from different corners of the earth. There is no doubt that once you are here for the first time, you will discover something new and previously unknown. Do not forget about the important rule of the Oriental bazaar: be sure to try the product before you buy it.
Up the street Sikkat Al Khali is a perfume market. Here you can find everything your heart desires: from essential oils to pure perfumes with the breathtaking fragrance of oud. The highlight of the place is the ability to create an individual flavor in a single copy!
After visiting the perfume market go to the textile market. Eastern countries have always been famous for a wide range of fabrics. The counters are literally inundated with countless rolls of imported fabrics: from airy cotton to the finest silk.After selecting a product, go to a local atelier, where, after taking measurements, you will be sewed a dress, costume, traditional abaya or kandura for your companion.
Al Bahar Market
Located in the center of the shopping center, Al-Bahar Bazaar is hardly traditional. Quiet and colorful stalls side by side with elite boutiques of world brands. It has everything and even more: fresh traditional Arab pastries, scarves, jewelry, perfumes, bronze lamps. Rising to the top floor, be sure to admire the evening light show of the most famous singing fountain in Dubai.
Located in the eponymous city, the eastern bazaar of Kashgar is considered one of the largest international markets in Asia. People come here not only from Eastern and Central China, but also from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, as well as from other states and neighboring regions.
In reviews, tourists especially recommend visiting this place on Sunday. On this day, artisans come here from all villages and peasants from distant pastures. Arriving in Kashgar for the first time, you might think that you are in a medieval city. Here you can meet horsemen and arbakeshes,To taste all sorts of traditional Oriental and Uygur sweets for free, but most importantly, each merchant (local and foreign) is dressed in his own national costume.
If during your travels you have seen quite a few eastern markets, then, believe me, they all fade before the old Iranian Isfahan. Everything here is real: galleries whose age is in the hundreds of years and goods as if brought from the cave of Ali Baba and other fairy tales. But the merchants are different - they do not strive to fool their product, but they are always happy to devote time to the buyer, telling and showing his best qualities.
Isfahan is not clogged with Chinese consumer goods. Under the lancet vaults you are waiting for the splendor and brilliance. As locals say, there are many bazaars in Isfahan, but there is only one Grand Bazaar.
Egyptian Market, Istanbul
Among the local population, it is known as the Spice Market. It was built in the seventeenth century as a permanent source of income to finance construction. It was designed in the shape of the letter L. The main gate in the form of a two-story portal is called Haseki Kapysa. There are six entrances. The second floor used to serve as a courtroom, where disputes between merchants and buyers settled daily.
Today, the covered market unites over 80 stores selling Turkish sweets, dried fruits and, of course, spices. Also on the territory there is a wide range of different types of oils from which soap is made. Detergent based on olive oil is in great demand.
One of the ancient oriental bazaars, located in the heart of Turkey, is the city of Istanbul. Joseph Brodsky in one and the works described it as follows:
This city in the city, it is built for the ages. This is neither to the West, nor to the North, nor to the South.
Today, Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world. And in order to understand all of its greatness, let's turn to numbers:
- area - 30 700 m²;
- 61 st;
- 2 195 atelier;
- 12 warehouses;
- 18 fountains;
- 4,400 shops;
- 1 school;
- 1 bath.
Every day this place is visited by up to 400 thousand people and another 26,000 work on its territory. During construction, traders and artisans identified certain sites that still retained their names. For example, Khalydzhilar Sokak - for sellers of carpets, Kuyumjular Jaddesi - the territory of jewelers, Perdachchilar Sokak - rows of polishers.
If you want to experience the atmosphere of the East or just travel through Istanbul, be sure to visit this place. The Grand Bazaar is open every day from 8:30 to 19:00.