Sahaflar Carsisi

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Sahaflar Carsisi
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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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Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.

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Flying Dutchman
Somme-Leuze, Belgium955 contributions
Books
Dec 2018 • Couples
Located behind Beyazıt Mosque, Sahaflar Çarşısı consists of book stores lined up next to each other. The place was much more interesting in the past with books that are rarely found however nowadays the place lost its gem as online book archiving arrives and people do not need those stores any more. So they start to sell books that you can find every store for lower price or used books donated. If you want to buy books that cannot be sold as e-books than still you can visit the place.
Written January 25, 2019
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Departure811861
Germany852 contributions
Second hand
Feb 2018 • Solo
The Second Hand Book Bazar must have been here in Beyazit for a very long time. It was an important cultural centre because books were printed here. So the bust exhibited in the market shows the man who printed the first book in Turkey.
The book bazar is very close to the Grand Bazar, which you can easily access from Saharlar Çarşısı. The books you will find there are mostly in Turkish. They are not as old as you may expect. A lot of them are dictionaries or books for university exams. You can also buy pictures or souvenirs. I have heard that some visitors actually find interesting books at Sahaflar Çarşısı but I have never seen anything that would have interested me to such an extent that I would have bought it. However, the atmosphere in this market is nice on the whole.
Written January 15, 2019
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Ann M
Cork, Cork, Ireland58 contributions
Old Book Bazaar and visit to Mehmet's Orient Shop to buy a miniature
Jun 2018 • Couples
I loved this small but very worthwhile market. Haggling is not really the thing here, prices are written on products, and in my experience, a cash discount was either offered by the seller or agreed if I could pay in Turkish Lira. Most of the books are in Turkish but there are some very interesting ones in English. What's more, Mehmet's Orient Shop is here, where you will find a very knowledgeable owner in Mehmet, who has a wonderful collection of miniature Turkish art for sale. Mehment has a good ranges of prices, starting at about 120 TL (about 24 euro) up to thousands for very fine examples. Mehmet was never pushy and even when I told him I had a spending limit, he was happy to show me some fine pieces to satisfy my love of art. I bought two lovely pieces and because I paid in cash, I also got a discount. In another shop, my partner bought a hardbound translation of the Koran with colour and good quality paper - the Arabic accompanied by Turkish and English for just 50 TL. It's a peaceful market and really worth a browse if you like books and manuscripts.
Written June 23, 2018
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Erkan Ö
Istanbul, Turkey561 contributions
This book market was much more popular in the past
Mar 2018 • Solo
It's a place where people who love books are still unable to come by. This place was much more popular in the past. You could find here especially old books, second hand books that you could not find in any bookstore. It's not much of a feature for now. It sells ordinary books that you can easily find in many places.
Written March 12, 2018
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Ufuk E
60 contributions
la riscoperta del passato con venditore di libri antichi
Nov 2017 • Family
''just outside the gates of the Bazaar''.

do you like different trip? ? if you are an eager or want to learn about something, you should be visit used book markets at Beyazıt,There are beautiful places for visit around of Beyazıt. it is pleasant to sit for a while in the tea garden situated under plane trees. first you should be find gates of the Sahaflar Çarşısı,

you can find easy that it is near by Beyazıt Mosque. Popular ways of browsing through the city, so to speak.You just need to know where to look and you can see the old books if you are interested in.

you can find paintings, lovely cards, old books old Turkish calligraphies, even antiques you won’t find anywhere else.,you should not be forget historic book sellers does not sell the precious books.Be careful with your wallet and belongings.
Written December 29, 2017
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Sky
Istanbul, Turkey342 contributions
Book Lovers
Nov 2017 • Solo
This bazaar is near Beyazıt tram stop which is near Sultanahmet. It has a lot of book shops and historical places. You can find various books such as Turkish, English...
Written November 9, 2017
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SOQ2010
Massachusetts1,777 contributions
Centuries old bazaar for books
Oct 2017 • Solo
Strolling down the streets of old istanbul one comes across a amazing area where old and new books are sold . I bought a miniature Quran from there . There is a statue of Muteferrika .... A sherbet seller was seen with his unique container .. Amazing place.
Written October 7, 2017
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yesiltren
Japan1,039 contributions
They sell books and textbooks
Feb 2017 • Solo
This area is very near from the Istanbul university, so they sell many books and textbooks. Many of them are written in Turkish, and the customers seem almost all students. There is a fountain in the middle of the square. You can't drink the water, but it's pretty photogenic.
Written April 8, 2017
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Aris
South Tangerang, Indonesia1,441 contributions
Book Market for Book Lovers
Sep 2016 • Solo
The Sahaflar Çarşısı has operated as a book market and also bazaar since Byzantine times. This place is good for book lovers.
Written December 13, 2016
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,322 contributions
A treasure of books, maps and manuscripts!
Aug 2015 • Family
"Sahaf" is an Arabic word meaning a shop or a person selling old books and manuscripts. This bazar has existed in Istanbul since the 15th century. After suffering from two earthquakes it was moved to the Engraver's Market, which was also the site of the Chartoprateia, a Byzantine paper and book market. The major clientele of this market were the madrasah students so it is located next to the Beyazit Mosque now.
You can see a beautiful fountain and the bust of Ibrahim Muteferrika, the first Ottoman publisher and printer, in the center of the market. I cannot forget the lovely smell of old books in this market. We saw some rare maps and Qurans there. We bought some great old books and some etched diaries.
Written February 29, 2016
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