Tehran Bazaar
بازار بزرگ تهران

Grand Bazaar, Tehran



اطلاعات ثبتی
شمارهٔ ثبت ۱۵۴۰
تاریخ ثبت ملی ۲ آبان ۱۳۵۶
اطلاعات اثر
کاربری بازار، مجموعه
دیرینگی دوره صفوی
دورهٔ ساخت اثر دوره صفوی، دوره قاجار
اطلاعات کلی
نام مجموعه بازار تهران
کشور Flag of Iran.svg ایران
استان استان تهران
شهرستان تهران
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  • The Grand Bazaar is the world's largest bazaar situated in the capital of Iran, Tehran.

    Lonely Planet review

    In Iran a bazaar is much more than just a place to stock up on a few essential shopping items. The maze of bustling alleys (where cartographers seem never to have fully conquered) and the bazaris (the men who run the stalls) make Tehran Bazaar a fascinating, if somewhat daunting, place to explore. Traders have been hawking their wares on this site for nearly 1000 years, but most of what you see today is less than 200 years old.

    The warren of people and goods is a city within a city and includes several mosques, guesthouses, banks, a church and even a fire station. Most lanes specialise in a particular commodity: copper, paper, gold, spices and carpets, among others. You'll also find tobacconists, shoemakers, tailors, broadcloth sellers, bookbinders, flag sellers, haberdashers, saddlers, tinsmiths, knife makers and carpenters. In our experience there are two ways to visit the bazaar. One is to wander the labyrinthian streets and alleys, taking whichever direction you fancy and going with the flow. You'll almost certainly get lost but will soon enough be found and directed by any number of helpful Iranians. The other is to allow yourself to be befriended by one of the carpet salesmen - don't worry, they'll find you near the front entrance. Tell them which sections you'd like to see (the gold bazaar, spices bazaar, the mosque etc), and they'll take you there. When you're done, they will expect you to visit their carpet shop, drink some tea and view a few rugs - which in itself is often quite fun, and prices here are probably the best in Iran. If you do choose to buy a carpet, even better, but no-one is forcing you.



    The bazaar encompasses more than 10km of covered stores and has several entrances, but it's worth using the main entrance, in a square opposite Bank Melli. Try and visit in the morning, when business is brisk but not yet frantic, as it becomes at lunchtime and between about and . During these times, the chances of being mowed down by some piece of fast-moving haulage equipment are high.

    The bazaris who run the stalls are frequently very wealthy and wield enormous political power. They are usually conservative, religious people who have a long history of standing against authority. In an attempt to weaken their power the last shah bulldozed new roads through parts of the bazaar, gave subsidised credit to competing supermarkets and set up state purchasing bodies to handle sugar, meat and wheat. Not surprisingly, the Tehran bazaris hit back during the Islamic Revolution when the closure of the bazaar wrought havoc on the economy. They were equally influential in the 1906 Constitutional Revolution and the coup that ousted Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953.

    It has been estimated that Tehran Bazaar controls a third of Iran's entire retail and trade sector. Prices here set the standard for prices across the country, and the carpet dealers and other merchants can supply loans almost as readily as the banks. However, the power of the bazaris is waning. Competition from new supermarkets and the time it takes for most Tehranis to reach the bazaar has slowly bled money away from this traditional market, and with it the power of its merchants.

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