This week’s photo: String instruments, Istanbul
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar has been around for centuries. It opened in 1461 and by the 1800s had more than 3,000 stores selling an incredible variety of items, thanks to merchants coming in from the Mediterranean, Asia and Europe.
Today, the bazaar’s 61 streets are divided into sections depending on what’s being sold- there are sections for ceramics, leather goods and carpets, for instance. I found this particular store selling string instruments in an area all by itself.
Visit the Grand Bazaar just so you can experience the atmosphere, although I’ve never hung around for longer than 45 minutes. It’s nice to go to for photographs but the shopkeepers can be a little overwhelming and it’s not the cheapest place in town. It’s an interesting place to visit for the history though, and for that I would recommend a visit.
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