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Address: Istanbul, Turkey

This historic book bazaar was popular with famous writers of the 16th and...

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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Books, as well as where a person goes to hear that beautiful smell of old books? The answer I can give to myself in the Second Hand Book Bazaar .. Even though you will find there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 23, 2015
Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

"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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015

Books, as well as where a person goes to hear that beautiful smell of old books? The answer I can give to myself in the Second Hand Book Bazaar .. Even though you will find there all the same book shop, all in one by one to see, it feels very good time to spend several minutes. University of time,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

Located quite close to the Grand Bazaar you will find this lovely book bazaar. Although the majority of the books are in Turkish you can still find a small selection in various foreign languages. Vendors are generally congenial and helpful. Some of the tiny shops have a selection of ancient prints. The sellers are not pushy and will happily permit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2015

In a courtyard very close to Beyazit mosque and outside the Grand Bazaar you will find this little second hand book market. If you are interested in old books, maps and miniatures this is your place. In fact one of the best shops in town for miniatures is number 13, "Orient shop". The owner is an erudite that will help... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

Sahaflar Çarşısı,the second hand Book Bazaar,is located in an ancient courtyard between the Beyazıt Mosque and one of Aentrance to the Covered Bazaar.This is said to be one of the oldest markets of Istanbul.İt is open everyday except Sunday,however,small shops are also open on Sundays.Nice spot to go around and see the old books if you are interested in.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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