The Grand Bazaar also known as Tehran's Grand Bazaar is a historical market situated in the capital of Iran, Tehran.
It is hard to say exactly when the bazaar first appeared, but in the centuries following the introduction of Islam, travelers reported the growth of commerce in the area now occupied by the current bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is a construction of this legacy.
Markets of Islamic cities are one of the greatest achievements of Islamic civilization and are not to be found in other countries. At the time Islam ruled over a larger part of the world, bazaars had become a common feature of the cities governed by Islam. Economy and religion are the two principal pillars of the Islamic bazaars, which symbolized the difference from other markets.
Despite relying heavily on this historical legacy, much of the bazaar itself was constructed fairly recently. The oldest remaining buildings, walls and passages in the bazaar today very rarely exceed 400 years, with many being constructed or rebuild within the last 200 years.
Upon mentioning the world Bazaar, any Easterner unconsciously is reminded of a place where the ceiling lets beautiful rays of sun shine from the ceiling downward at given intervals, on either side of it is situated a collection of stores.
Traditionally, the Tehran's Bazaar was split into corridors, each specializing in different types of goods including copper, carpets, paper, spices and precious metals, as well as small traders selling all types of goods. Today, modern goods are available as well. The old sections of the bazaar are generally similar in architectural style. While parts added in the 20th century often look markedly different. However, in an effort to increase the prestige of the bazaar, projects to beautify the bazaar through the use of plaster molding and decorative brick work were undertaken late in the 20th century.
The Grand Bazaar is located in southern Tehran. It is located in Arg square and the main entrance is Sabze Meydoon. Its many corridors are over 10 kilometers length. There are several entrances, some of which are locked and guarded at night.
As one of the most important bazaars in the country, the Tehran's Grand Bazaar was a center of pro-revolutionary feeling and finance. The Grand bazaar is still an important place of commerce for Tehranis, Iranian travelling merchants and increasingly-tourists. However, much of the trade and finance in the city has moved to north of the city leaving the bazaar somewhat decreased in importance. Still, in addition to traditional goods on sale, the market for watches and local jewelry is apparently growing, most likely for the benefit of tourists. As in keeping with the market spirit, tourists are encouraged to haggle. The bazaar is busiest around midday and between 17:00 and 19:00.As of October 2005, plans are in place to construct a hotel in southern section of the bazaar for the benefits of the tourists, in a bid to make the bazaar more hospitable and regain some of its importance.
Tehran's Grand Bazaar is much more crowded and noisy at the summer time, by shoppers,sellers and bargainers of both sides. Although, the market is no quiet place any other time too. Throughout the year, it is a common scene to see many people including Iraniansfrom other cities,street hawkers,wholesale merchants and tourist to hang out in the place.You can find some top restaurants in Tehran's bazaar. You can also eat a perfect Persian food in heart of bazaar which is really delicious.