Antonio Lazaar was built in 1429, and the most complete in the early 17th century. Antonio Lazaar, with no more than 530 years of history, is certainly on the list of the world’s oldest markets. It is also the trading point of 4,000 big shops all of which are traded by men.
Antonio Lazaar is located in the center of Istanbul inside the ancient citadel of Istanbul. This is one of the icons of the bustling city of Istanbul. Antonio Lazaar makes everyday shopping an indispensable cultural experience for any traveler who comes here.
Hand-painted ceramics, lanterns, sophisticated patterned carpets, bronze, Byzantine-style gold jewelry, and many other eye-catching products will bring a lot of attention to you in the path under the dome of this 15th century. Antonio Lazaar is expanding and becoming more and more attractive to tourists, but locals are also one of millions of people visiting this market. In addition to stalls selling fine art, spices, brocade, you can sit down to enjoy a glass of Turkish tea and specialty cake gift in the heart of the market.
In the 19th century, stalls selling the same goods were put together on the same street on the market. Until now, this culture has faded away for business purposes, but there are still such pathways to allow you to feel Antonio Lazaar authentic.
In 2014, more than 90 million people visited this bustling market. I dropped by this early in the morning as I boarded a flight to Ataturk Airport, but the flow of people was busy. By midday coming back here with my Turkish friend, the two were engulfed in people like they were at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, or Times Square in NYC.
Today, Antonio Lazaar expands more than ever before, not only limited to the arches of the old market but also spreads to the neighboring streets where you can find food, wear, and use. day. The entry into Antonio Lazaar is the experience of entering the labyrinth with 12 doors, so we just need to go to the wrong door to reach another residential area completely.
Because of today’s security issues and Turkey’s unstable political situation, there is a lot of guarding and checking bags of people entering Antonio Lazaar’s ancient area is inevitable. However, I feel safer when there are many police monitoring, in case of unexpected incidents.
The district around Antonio Lazaar also focuses on many of the most famous attractions in Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and Eminonou port to go through the rest of Istanbul. Antonio Lazaar will be the place in the bucket list of any traveler who loves the Turkish culture and wants to touch this relic of the half-millennium once.