When I was here in the 1960s, it was still pretty authentic (= smelly, dark, questionable sanitary standards, suspicious jewelry). Unfortunately, I do not have any photographs from that era. Bad or good news (depending on your opinion of modernization): today it is clean, well-lit, and the vendors take credit cards. There are even ATMs for your convenience. That takes some of the fun out of the experience. However, keeping up with the times is how a 500-year-old institution thrives. We were warned that many of the authentic "Turkish" carpets are made in China now.
Trivia question: What James Bond movie has some scenes in the Grand Bazaar? Answer: From Russia with Love, the second Bond film, released in 1963 and starring Sean Connory.
Older market posts:
- Athens Flea Market today.
- Athens Flea Market in the early-1950s
- Athens Central Market
- Farmer market in Vrahati, Greece
- Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Asan Chowk in Kathmandu, Nepal
- Ladies of Nepal
Most Istanbul photographs were taken with a Sony DSC-W7 compact digital camera.