Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar (Old Bazaar), Izmir

Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar (Old Bazaar), Izmir

The Kızlaragası Han Bazaar, located in the Kemeraltı district of Izmir, has a rich history dating back to the 18th century. Originally built as a roadside inn, this traditional Ottoman structure served as a welcoming stopover for weary travelers seeking rest and relaxation after a long journey.

The Kızlaragası Han Bazaar was designed in a square shape and featured two floors. Its large courtyard was the focal point, boasting a small pool at its center, providing a refreshing oasis for travelers and their animals. Unfortunately, the original building no longer exists today, but its legacy lives on in the bustling marketplace that surrounds the area.

On the upper floor of the han, there were sleeping rooms allocated for merchants. After leaving their camels and goods in the courtyard's basement, these merchants could retire to the upper floor to rest and conduct business. The han's design and amenities catered to the needs of travelers and merchants, making it an essential hub for commercial activity in the region.

Over time, the Kızlaragası Han Bazaar evolved and transformed into a vibrant market that remains one of Izmir's most important and popular destinations. The square surrounding the former han has now become a bustling marketplace where a diverse range of goods is sold. Visitors can find a delightful array of products, including women's handicrafts, artisanal cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables, and various types of oils, among other items.

The market has retained its lively and bustling atmosphere, attracting both locals and tourists alike. The Kızlaragası Han Bazaar showcases the city's rich cultural heritage, offering a delightful shopping experience amidst historical surroundings.

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Sight Name: Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar (Old Bazaar)
Sight Location: Izmir, Turkey (See walking tours in Izmir)
Sight Type: Shopping
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