Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)
The spice bazaar is one of the oldest historical places in Eminönü. As soon as you enter the spice Bazaar, you will be struck by a symphony of aromas. The building itself was constructed with proceeds from taxes levied on Egypt (“Mısır” is the Turkish word for Egypt) and is part of the New Mosque complex. Istanbul is located on the so-called Spice Route, and the Spice Bazaar played an important role in transforming the city into a commercial power plant. Although formerly known as the New Bazaar and Valide Bazaar, the bazaar became known in the 18th century as Mısır Çarşısı or “Egyptian Bazaar” because spices imported from the East generally passed through Egypt on their way to Istanbul. There are six entrances to the bazaar and all streets are connected to the central Dua Square (Dua Meydanı), where the impressive Ezan Kiosk is located. Like many of Istanbul's iconic buildings, the Spice Bazaar has suffered a fire over the centuries. Its current appearance is largely the result of restoration work carried out by Istanbul city Council in 1940. Treat yourself to a vibrant experience with vibrant colours and wonderful aromas of natural medicines, seeds, herbs and roots. At the bazaar you will also find a selection of dried fruits, local goods and souvenirs for your loved ones.