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This historic book bazaar was popular with famous writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, it is one of the most known areas in the city to find rare and used books.
Istanbul 34430, Turkey
Grand Bazaar
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Reviewed 25 January 2019

Located behind Beyazıt Mosque, Sahaflar Çarşısı consists of book stores lined up next to each other. The place was much more interesting in the past with books that are rarely found however nowadays the place lost its gem as online book archiving arrives and people...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Flyngdtchmn
Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

The Second Hand Book Bazar must have been here in Beyazit for a very long time. It was an important cultural centre because books were printed here. So the bust exhibited in the market shows the man who printed the first book in Turkey. The...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

I loved this small but very worthwhile market. Haggling is not really the thing here, prices are written on products, and in my experience, a cash discount was either offered by the seller or agreed if I could pay in Turkish Lira. Most of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ann M
Reviewed 12 March 2018

It's a place where people who love books are still unable to come by. This place was much more popular in the past. You could find here especially old books, second hand books that you could not find in any bookstore. It's not much of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Erkan Ö
Reviewed 29 December 2017

''just outside the gates of the Bazaar''. do you like different trip? ? if you are an eager or want to learn about something, you should be visit used book markets at Beyazıt,There are beautiful places for visit around of Beyazıt. it is pleasant to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This bazaar is near Beyazıt tram stop which is near Sultanahmet. It has a lot of book shops and historical places. You can find various books such as Turkish, English...

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Strolling down the streets of old istanbul one comes across a amazing area where old and new books are sold . I bought a miniature Quran from there . There is a statue of Muteferrika .... A sherbet seller was seen with his unique container...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

This area is very near from the Istanbul university, so they sell many books and textbooks. Many of them are written in Turkish, and the customers seem almost all students. There is a fountain in the middle of the square. You can't drink the water,...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Sahaflar Çarşısı has operated as a book market and also bazaar since Byzantine times. This place is good for book lovers.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Arisandroo
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

"Sahaf" is an Arabic word meaning a shop or a person selling old books and manuscripts. This bazar has existed in Istanbul since the 15th century. After suffering from two earthquakes it was moved to the Engraver's Market, which was also the site of the...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the
Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in
search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name
jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed
cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow
streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to
the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the
evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside
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Response from Ann M | Reviewed this property |
I think you are talking about the book market, near the Grand Bazaar. I was there in June and the book market is most definitely still there. Some wonderful things there. If you're coming from Sultanahmet and get off at the... More