Kapalı Çarşı

Bursa


Bursa's sprawling Kapalı Çarşı (Covered Market) complex is made up of several historic buildings strung out along Kapalı Çarşı Caddesi, the market's main thoroughfare.

They include the 14th-century Bedesten, built by Sultan Beyazıt I (reconstructed after an 1855 earthquake), and the Eski Aynalı Çarşı, which began its life as the Orhanbey Hamamı in 1335. Note its domed ceiling with skylights. Several shops in the Eski Aynalı Çarşı sell traditional handicrafts including Karagöz shadow puppets.


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1. Emir Han

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Camel caravans travelling the Silk Road to Bursa once lodged at Emir Han, entered at the rear of Ulu Cami. Drovers and merchants slept and did business…

2. Bedesten

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The 14th-century Bedesten, built by Sultan Beyazıt I and reconstructed after an 1855 earthquake, is contained within Bursa's sprawling Kapalı Çarşı.

3. Ulu Cami

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This enormous Seljuk-style mosque (1399) is central Bursa's dominating feature. Sultan Beyazıt I built it in a monumental compromise – having pledged to…

4. Eski Aynalı Çarşı

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Originally built in 1335 as the Orhanbey Hamamı (the bathhouse of the Orhan Cami Külliyesi), Eski Aynalı Çarşı is part of the historic Kapalı Çarşı and…

5. Koza Han

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The finely restored Koza Han, with its leafy inner courtyard filled with cafes, is the most popular place to break your market explorations. The…

6. Fidanhan

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This han (caravanserai) is one of the calmest, leafiest corners of the busy bazaar area. It was constructed during Sultan Mehmet I's reign by the Grand…

7. Orhan Gazi Cami

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Orhan Gazi Cami is centrally located near Bursa's sprawling central markets.

8. Eski Belediye

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The stately Eski Belediye stands between Atatürk Caddesi and Bursa's flower markets.