Iran Bazaars
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Iran Bazaars

A bazaar refers to a permanently enclosed marketplace or street where goods and services have been exchanged or sold and its antiquity goes back to the time when people started to produce different items more than being adequate that is why they started to make it into consideration that exchanging the goods to get what they need can be really beneficial for both parts.  There are plenty bazaars in Iran and it is worthy to mention that the permanent ones are in the old cities in which there are different type of guilds in each part of the bazaars.  Some of the well-known Bazaars are mentioned in this blog.

Qeysarie Bazaar in Lar County, Fars province is considered as the oldest Bazaar in Iran and is one of the touristic attractions of this city. There are many historic monuments as well as spectacular views in Qeysarie Bazaar.

In Tabriz there is the biggest covered bazaar of the world and it is recorded as the World Heritage by UNESCO. Any types of social, political, cultural, economic, religious activities have been done in this bazaar. There are 7000 shops in this bazaar and most of them are related to carpet industry and its belongings. More than 20 mosques, the most famous one is Blue Mosque of Tabriz, 12 Bathrooms, 12 schools and one Zoorkhaneh, an Iranian tradition sport and place which is the house of strength not only for the body but also for the soul and spirit dating back to Zoroastrianism and Mithraism era, as well as many corridors can be found in this bazaar.


Qeysarie Bazaar or Soltani Bazaar is in Isfahan and used to be one of the greatest and most luxurious trading center in The Safavid era. Carpet and kilim, a flat tapestry-woven carpet, as well as plenty handicrafts have been sold in this bazaar. There are many historical building in this bazaar and it is not only the biggest as well as the oldest Bazaars of Isfahan but also is one of the most beautiful old bazaars in the world. The reason this bazaar was entitled to Qeysarie is its similarity to Qeysarie Bazaar in Turkey.

Zanjan Bazaar is the longest covered bazaar in Iran which is related to the early Qajar dynasty.  The architecture of this era can be easily seen in different places such as the mosques, bazaars, shops, corridors, and etc. This bazaar has been also recorded in the list of National monuments of Iran.

Vakil Bazaar is the most traditional and historic bazaars in Iran which was built by the order of Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand Dynasty who used to be the king of Iran. All the trading affairs, buying and selling of all the internal and external goods were done in this bazaar as it used to be the economic part in Shiraz.

Grand Bazaar is an old bazaar in the central part of the capital city of Iran. This place has been considered as one of the noticeable spots which has had a role in political and social aspects of the country. This Bazaar has been taken as the main place which distributes different type of internal and external goods to the other parts of Tehran, so this matter has made Grand Bazaar as the most important economic place. There are plenty spectacular sections in this bazaar which should not be missed at all.

Tajrish Bazaar which is in the Northern part of Tehran has been remarked as the small version of the Grand Bazaar of Tehran and is also the oldest Bazaar in the Northern district in Tehran.

Khan Bazaar in Yazd province is also one of the oldest Bazaars in this city and it is the longest and widest one too. Its antiquity goes back to the Qajar Dynasty and it was recorded as one of the National monuments in Iran. There are 153 shops in this bazaar and it is noteworthy that in the past only Khans, a title for a sovereign or a military rule, could go to this bazaar so the ordinary people did not have the permission to get in there.

The grand Bazaar also called Bazaar-e-Reza is located in Mashhad, the second populous city which is also a religious one. The reason it was called Reza was because of the vast Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, 8th Islamic leader for Shia Muslims is buried in this city and there are many pilgrims and tourists who travel to Mashhad in order to visit this Holy Shrine, so that this Bazaar has been considerably important. This place is in two floors and on the second floor there are plenty small workshops which are related to handicrafts, embroidery and etc.

There are also some weekly bazaars in Iran in which the daily products are sold so people can go to such bazaars in order to get what they need for a day or a week. They are usually cheap and different type of goods which are usually local or even handmade can be bought. These bazaars are mostly in the northern part of Iran and as those local people prefer to provide each other with the goods which are made by themselves, there will be a sort of support for them.

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