[WORLDKINGS] Top 100 famous markets in the world – P62 - Bazaar of Tabriz (Iran): The largest covered bazaar in the world


(WorldKings.org) The Bazaar of is a historical market situated in the city center of Tabriz, Iran. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world. It is one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



Like any other historical complex, Tabriz Historic Bazaar bears many stories to be told. It was regarded as the main trade center of Iran during the 13th century when Tabriz was the capital of the country during Safavid era.



It’s not surprising that this bazaar was a very prominent commercial center since Tabriz was located in a strategic spot along the famous Silk Road. Although Tabriz lost the status of being the capital city of Iran in 16th century, the grand bazaar of Tabriz never lost its importance and economical value.

Not only is Tabriz Historic Bazaar an architectural masterpiece, but it also displays a live and real picture of local culture to any visitor. Strolling its labyrinthine mazes is an unforgettable experience since each passageway of this roofed market – known as Rasteh in Farsi – is used as a venue to sell specific goods.



Not to mention that this historic bazaar contains 20 Passageways! Almost 40 different types of goods are sold in the shops of Tabriz Grand Bazaar every day. In fact, it’s the best place for buying souvenirs in Tabriz due to the wide range of options that you can choose from.



Tabriz Historic Bazaar, like any other Persian Bazaar contains several chambers that are called “Hojreh” in Farsi. Interestingly, the grand bazaar of Tabriz features 6500 chambers. Also, you can find 35 caravansaries here which are referred to as Sara and were used as a place for caravans who brought goods to sell in the bazaar during the old times.



If you choose to visit this bazaar with a knowledgeable guide, you will be astonished by the stories that lay behind each chamber of this magnificent place. It contains 25 enclosed areas called Timcheh which are used as venues for selling goods with more heavy weighs.



This historic bazaar, which is still regarded as one of the main trade centers of Tabriz despite the wide popularity of modern shopping malls, has had social, political and economic functions throughout history.

In other words, not only it serves as the main spot for selling and buying goods in Tabriz, but it has also worked as a place for social gathering in critical moments of Iran’s history. It features several mosques and religious schools that used to play an important role in educating people in the old times.


According to turquoisedomes.com and en.wikipedia

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