Tehran Grand Bazaar

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Historical Grand Bazaar of Tehran

The Grand Bazaar is a historic market in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Throughout its history, plus shopping the Grand Bazaar has banks and financial content, mosques and guesthouses. Traditionally, the Tehran Bazaar was divided into corridors, each specializing in different types of products, including copper, carpets, paper, spices and precious metals, as well as small traders selling all kinds of goods.Today, modern goods are available as well, plus many traders still surviving traditional broker. It is located in the Plaza de Arg and the main entrance is Sabze meydoon. The Grand Bazaar is located in the south of Tehran; many corridors are over 10 km in length. There are several entrances, some of which are locked and guarded at night.


While the actual bazaar is most associated with the 19th century onwards, its roots go back much further.

Trade and early bazaars in Tehran

The area around Tehran has been inhabited since at least 6000 BC, while construction-bazaar in Iran as a whole has already been dated to 4000 BC, the Tehran bazaar is not that old. It is hard to say exactly when the "bazaar" first appeared, travelers reported the growth of trade in the area now occupied by the current bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is a continuation of that legacy. Research indicates that part of the bazaar today is prior to the growth of the population of Tehran under Safavids dynasty ', although it was during and after this period that the bazaar began to grow slowly. Western travelers indicated that by 1660 BC and beyond, the bazaar area was still open, and only partially covered.

Development of the Grand Bazaar

Despite the strong dependence of this historical legacy, much of the bazaar itself was built recently. The oldest remaining buildings, walls and passages in the bazaar today rarely exceed 400 years, and many are being built or rebuilt in the last 200 years. The bazaar grew as a "city within a city" for much of the 19th century, and was largely able to expand without much outside interference. However, as Tehran began to grow exponentially in the 20th century under Reza Shah, the changes introduced by this rapid expansion was largely Bazaar (including areas such as perfume sellers' Bazaar Bazaar Pit) will disappear. The old bazaar sections are generally similar in architectural style, while pieces added in the 20th century are often very different; critics say that less care was taken in the construction of the later sections. However, in an effort to increase the prestige of the bazaar, bazaar beautification projects through the use of plaster molding and decorative brick were carried out in the late 20th century.


The Grand Bazaar is still an important trading place for Tehranis, Iranians, peddlers and - increasingly - the tourists. However, much of the trade and finance in the city has moved to the north of the city, leaving the bazaar somewhat diminished in importance. However, in addition to traditional products to sell, market and local jewelry watches is growing apparently, most likely by the benefits of tourists. As it is in keeping with the spirit market, tourists are encouraged to haggle. The bazaar is most active around noon and 17: 00-19: 00. From October 2005, plans are in place to build a hotel on the southern section of the bazaar for the benefit of tourists, in an attempt to make more hospitable bazaar and recover some of its importance.
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