Grand Bazaar Istanbul (Kapali Carsi)
The Grand Bazaar (or Covered Bazaar, Kapaliçarsi in Turkish) in Istanbul (at 41°0'38.09"N, 28°58'4.56"E) is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4000 shops, and has 250,000-400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestans, or domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping, the first of which was constructed in 1464 by the order of Mehmed II. In 1894, the Grand Bazaar underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.