Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Visit to the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul - Part 1

Almost one year ago we went on a 5-day trip to Istanbul. It was early April and the tulip festival was coming up. I had noticed thousands and thousands of tulips planted along the roads, in parks and in planters during our ride from the airport to our hotel. Absolutely amazing!

One of the highlights of our stay was a visit to the covered Spice Bazaar located in the Bazaar Quarter near the Golden Horn. Surrounded by narrow streets the Spice Bazaar was built in 1660 as an extension of the New Mosque Complex. Once you enter the bazaar you will see stalls upon stalls of spices, herbs, teas, nuts, honey, etc. This is a wonderful place to stock up on oriental spices, including saffron!

Mountains of spices

Spices and Sweets

Spices, teas and dried tea blossoms

(Photos taken by Conrad Turner)

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