We are keen viewers of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and sometimes we add a couple to our personal list retrospectively. This is one such example, as this eighteenth century bazaar was only added to the list a few months back.
Tabriz is a major city on the road from Persia to Turkey and so its market has been a place where the two culture zones mingle. Many of the traders in this Iranian market are ethnically Turkish. You can buy everything here from hand-tailored shoes and clothes to dates and nuts. One of the advantages of Iran's isolation is that shopping is not the 'multinational' experience it is in many parts of the world. There are a lot of hand-made products and local delicacies here. The brick-vaulted architecture is also very attractive. Most older structures in earthquake-prone Tabriz have been destroyed.
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