Arasta Çarşısı (Arasta Bazaar)

Located behind the Sultanahmet Mosque, the Arasta Çarşı was built in the same period and served as a shopping center.

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Sultan Ahmet Mah. Arasta Çarşısı No: 143 Sultanahmet

Phone +90 212 517 68 13

Located behind the Sultanahmet Mosque, the Arasta Bazaar was built in the same period and served as a shopping center. Today, with around seventy shops, there are many kinds of rugs, carpets and ceramics sold here. As a result of archeological excavations in the area, mosaics forming part of the Great Palace of Constantinople were unearthed nearby and are today exhibited in the Istanbul Great Palace Mosaic Museum.

The Bazaar was severely damaged in a fire which broke out in 1912 and for a long time it remained in ruins. A restoration project was initiated in the 1980’s and as a result the Bazaar regained much of its charm and importance.

 

 

From the Atatürk Airport and Taksim

 Take the Havataş Shuttle or public bus 96T from the Atatürk Airport to Taksim

Use the Funikuler (F1) from Taksim subway station to Kabataş

Take the Tramway (T1) from Kabataş to Bağcılar and get off at Sultanahmet.

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