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Inside The Grand Bazaar Of Istanbul With Assouline's New Book (PHOTOS)

Grand Bazaar

First Posted: 10/16/11 09:54 AM ET Updated: 12/16/11 05:12 AM ET

A new book from Assouline offers a stunning glimpse inside the treasury of Istanbul's famed Grand Bazaar, one of the city's preeminent tourist attractions. Deep inside the sprawling market, Inner Bedesten is the oldest part of the Bazaar and houses some of its most interesting -- and valuable -- treasures.

As author Serdar Gülgün writes:

Constructed shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul, the Inner Bedesten is the oldest section of the Bazaar. Fortified against fire and safeguarded at all times, the Inner Bedesten is the most secure part of the covered market, where the most precious goods are kept. This vaulted structure lies at the core of the Grand Bazaar.

Published by Assouline, the book explores not just Inner Bedesten but also other areas of the Bazaar, including its main alleyways, the hans, or travelers' inns, and the fringe shops that appear and disappear on the market's edges.

The book is available for purchase at Assouline Boutiques worldwide and online.

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  • Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Mavİ Köşe

    "It is worth taking a good look at the exuberant window displays of this shop, where mountains of priceless jewels are nonchalantly tossed together." Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Mavİ Köşe

    Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Mavİ Köşe

    Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Mavİ Köşe

    Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Mavİ Köşe Bedesten

    "There is another Mavi Köşe also belonging to Diran -zçulcu in the Inner Bedesten. ... This one is dominated by copper items and has a more artfully religious taste to it, due to the many icons on display." Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Lale Sterling

    "Mehmet Zorşahin has a vast collection of silver pieces as well as a long list of interior designers he works with." Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Ak İncİ

    "It is worth squeezing your way through the tight entrance of this particularly colorful bead store, which is filled to the brim with pearls and semiprecious stones." Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

  • Lale Sterling

    Courtesy of Laziz Hamani for Assouline.

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