Grand Bazaar, Isfahan

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Main entrance of the Isfahan Bazaar
A handicraft maker-seller
A carpet shop in the Grand Bazaar
Shoppers in the Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar (in Persian: Bazar Bozorg, بازار بزرگ) is a historical market located in Isfahan, Iran, also known as "Qeysarriyeh Bazaar" (in Persian: بازار قيصريه).


It was originally constructed during the 11th century, on the southwest wing of Jameh Mosque and Kohneh Square but various arcades and rooms were later added to it. The present remnant dates from the Safavid period, during which the Qaysariya Bazaar was built on the north wing of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, a square which was developed as a substitute for Kohneh Square.

The bazaar, one of the oldest and largest bazaars in the Middle East, dates to Saljuqid and Safavid era and is the longest roofed market in the world. [1] The site has been destroyed several times and the contemporary bazaar dates to the 17th century. The bazaar is a vaulted two-kilometre street linking the old city with the new.[2]

In the Middle-East, bazaars were typically situated in close proximity to the mosque and the Isfahan Bazaar is no exception. The Bazaar of Isfahan is located in downtown old Isfahan, Iran, in the northern section of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The main entrance called Qeisarieh stretches through to the Friday mosque Jameh Mosque the oldest mosque in Isfahan, and one of the oldest in Iran.[3]

Before entering the Grand Bazaar visitors can see views of the square, which is one of the biggest squares in the entire world.[citation needed] All around the square are bazaars full of Persian handicrafts.[4]

Isfahan Bazaar in 1703


  1. ^ Assari,A., Mahesh, T.M., Emtehani, M.E. and Assari, E., "Comparative Sustainability of Bazaar in Iranian Traditional Cities: Case Studies of Isfahan and Tabriz," International Journal on “Technical and Physical Problems of Engineering”, Vol. 3, no. 9, 2011, pp 18-24; Iran Chamber of Commerce, <Online:>
  2. ^ "Bazaar at Isfahan". Archived from the original on 2006-02-26. Retrieved 2007-07-19.
  3. ^ Assari, Ali; T.M. Mahesh (December 2011). "Comparative Sustainability of Bazaar in Iranian Traditional Cities: Case Studies in Isfahan and Tabriz" (PDF). International Journal on Technical and Physical Problems of Engineering (IJTPE). 3 (9): 18–24. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ Assari, Ali; T.M. Mahesh (January 2012). "Conservation of historic urban core in traditional Islamic culture: case study of Isfahan city" (PDF). Indian Journal of Science and Technology. 5 (1): 1970–1976. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013.


  • A. Bakhtiar: ‘The Royal Bazaar of Isfahan’, Studies on Isfahan, ed. R. Holod, 2 vols, Iran. Stud., vii (1974), pp. 320–47
  • H. Gaube and E. Wirth: Der Bazar von Isfahan (Wiesbaden, 1978)
  • Dehbashi, Ali (2003), Isfahan, Tehran: Gooya House of Culture & Art, ISBN 964-7610-01-7

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Coordinates: 32°39′38″N 51°40′35″E / 32.6606°N 51.6763°E / 32.6606; 51.6763