The first TUAF-series “Kapalıçarşı – Istanbul” (10.000 pieces), for the most part will be distributed in Turkey.
The Kapalıçarşı – Istanbul 0€-banknote will be sold – by us via our webshop – and via our monthly growing dealer-network at various locations worldwide.
The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With 61 covered streets – and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily, in 2014, it was listed No.1 among the world’s most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors.
The Grand Bazar, located inside the Walled city of Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world. It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazit and of Nuruosmaniye.
The construction of the future Grand Bazaar’s core started during the winter of 1455/1456, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and was part of a broader initiative to stimulate economic prosperity in Istanbul. According to an 1890 survey, in the Bazaar there were 4,399 active shops, 2 bedesten, 2195 rooms, 1 hamam, one mosque, 10 medrese, 19 fountains, one mausoleum and 24 han.
Today the Grand Bazaar is a thriving complex, employing 26,000 people and one of the major landmarks of Istanbul. It must compete with modern shopping malls common in Istanbul, but its beauty and fascination represent a formidable advantage for it.