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Sahaflar Carsisi

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #57 of 388 Shopping in Istanbul
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Owner description: This historic book bazaar was popular with famous writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, it is one of the most known areas in the city to find rare and used books.
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Denville, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you are in Kapalicarsi (the Covered Bazar as the tourists calls it) don't miss the Sahaflar Carsisi, the Book Market, it is a short walk away from the Bazar, ask anyone to give you direction. Turkish people are most friendly. If you don't feel comfortable asking a passer by ask a Police Officer, they are all over the place.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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184 reviews 184 reviews
65 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Despite visiting Istanbul a number of times over the years I only recently got around to visiting the Old Book Bazaar. Look for Gate 7 at the Grand Bazzar and just a few paces in you will see a number of book vendors that lead into a courtyard of sorts. I spent a very pleasant hour browsing the titles -... More

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I came to the Book Fair to specifically go to Mehmet's Orient Shop. He sells mostly miniatures, paintings painted on original hand written pages (or copies of hand written pages) from old texts. The fair is small and not very crowded. I had to ask my tour guide how to get there. It's right behind the Beyazit Mosque and the... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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196 reviews 196 reviews
80 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Sahaflar is a Bazaar for old books, it’s not famous as other bazaars in Istanbul but attractive to whom interested in old Turkish books and Arabic calligraphy. It is located between a stony place on the left-hand side of the Beyazit Mosque and the Sedefçiler Gate of the Covered Bazaar. You can find in this bazaar a very wide verities... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

It is a bit small but is bathed in history. The street is good for looking around and relaxing although it seems most books are in Turkish.

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Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is a lesser known attraction than the frequently visited and very crowded Grand Bazaar. Especially if you are interested in old books, miniatures and illuminated manuscripts its not to be missed. Go to Beyazit tramstop and head for Gate 7 of Grand Bazaar, when you have it in sight veer to your left nd you will be in Sahaflar... More

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Hammamet, Tunisia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2011

Whatever book you are looking for, the shopkeepers in this area will have it and best of all, their pricing is fair and sometimes a bargain. Many of the shopkeepers speak English and all of them know who has what and where to get several versions of the genre you are interested in. I started reading Turkish a few years... More

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