The Hans of the Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Finding the Hans of Grand BazaarIf you leave the bazaar at the Mahmutpaşa Gate leading towards the Spice Market you will see many of the oldest hans in the city.
Buyuk Valide HanAt the end of Tarakçılar Caddesi or Street is
This was also where one of the first 16th century printing presses was used and inside the hans centre is a Shiite mosque. The three courtyards here were once full of weaving machines but the use of these was banned in 2007 and since then the courtyards have become rather rundown.
Foreigners (Sair) HanThe third courtyard was once known as the Foreigners (Sair) Han as it was mainly used by Persians and is now called the Deaf (Sağir) Han. The views from the han are outstanding as you can see the Bosphorus , Golden Horn and most of the Old City and deep inside there are the remains of a Byzantine chapel. Adjacent to the han is the Byzantine Tower of Eirene which unfortunately was extensively damaged during an earthquake in 1926.
Kucuk Yeni (Small New) HanThe Küçük Yeni (Small New) Han can be found on Mahmutpaşa Yokuşu and was built in the 18th century with the mosque on the top and has bird houses built onto the walls.
Buyuk Yeni (Big New) HanClose by on Çarkçılar Sokak is the Büyük Yeni (Big New) Han built from brick and stone in 1764 and remains much the same as it was in the Byzantine era.
Kurkcu (Furriers) HanDirectly opposite is the Kürkçü (Furriers) Han believed to date from the 15th century and built by Sultan Mehmed II for Mahmud Paşa his Grand Vizier.
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