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Review of Sahaflar Carsisi

Sahaflar Carsisi
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US$ 82.46*
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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real...
Ranked #183 of 1,168 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: 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.
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...

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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 .. Amazing place.

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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, but it's pretty photogenic.

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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.

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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 Chartoprateia, a Byzantine paper and book market. The major clientele of this market were the madrasah students so it is located next to the Beyazit Mosque now.
You can see a beautiful fountain and the bust of Ibrahim Muteferrika, the first Ottoman publisher and printer, in the center of the market. I cannot forget the lovely smell of old books in this market. We saw some rare maps and Qurans there. We bought some great old books and some etched diaries.

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