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Published: 1001 GMT October 18, 2021

Top traditional bazaars in Iran

Top traditional bazaars in Iran

Bazaars in Iran are very old structures which were first created as a set of shops at the sides of water streams or rivers in the cities.

Later, they were roofed and changed into present forms. In fact, the traditional Persian bazaars were the highly organized commercial and financial centers of the city.

Bazaars are still in function in almost all of the old cities and towns of Iran, wrote.

In the first and second parts of the article we covered essential information about the top six bazaars of Iran. Part Three of this article will introduce four other wonderful Persian bazaars to you.


Khan Bazaar of Yazd


The historical bazaars of Yazd, in central province of Yazd, with beautiful minarets and windcatchers reflect the ancient Iranian-Islamic architecture. These Persian bazaars have played an essential strategic role in the historical context of Yazd and are the best places to buy traditional handicrafts.

In this regard, one of the most beautiful, largest, and most famous of these ancient Persian bazaars is Khan Bazaar, dating back to Qajar Period (1789 to 1925 CE).

Notably, the complex of bazaar, husseinieh (a place where Shia Muslims come together to observe religious ceremonies) and the bath next to it represent the ancient architecture of the desert areas.

Moreover, Khan Bazaar consists of several corridors and small sections.

Finally, you can buy all kinds of Yazd souvenirs including termeh (a type of Persian handwoven fabric), traditional sweets, zilu (a traditional handwoven floor covering), pottery and copper utensils from this traditional market.


Kashan Bazaar


Kashan Bazaar in the central province of Isfahan, dating back to the Safavid Era (1501-1736 CE), is one of the old and beautiful traditional bazaars in Iran, which was renovated and expanded during the Qajar Period.

The Iranian architecture of this market is fantastic, particularly in Timcheh Amin al-Doleh Section, where a turquoise pool is located under a high dome and surrounded by beautiful arches. Light comes from the wooden windows into the bazaar and reflects on the pond. Geometric lines are wonderfully placed next to each other, and the walls and the dome ceiling are decorated with colorful tiles and gypsum muqarnas (a form of ornamented vaulting in Islamic architecture).

In Kashan Bazaar, most sections are built on two or three floors with porches overlooking the corridors. Also, you can see one of the strangest and most complicated oriental architectures in the traditional market of Kashan.

Other parts of Kashan Bazaar are baths, mosques, and different corridors, each dedicated to a specific profession and product.

Caravanserais of the bazaars are very famous. In this market, you can feel the delighting scent of rosewater everywhere.


Rasht Grand Bazaar


Rasht Bazaar, also known as Rasht Grand Bazaar, is a traditional Persian bazaar that is the most bustling spot in Rasht.

Notably, Rasht is a vibrant city in the Gilan Province in the North of Iran. You can also find many traditional bazaars in other towns of Gilan Province, including Astara, Fuman, Talesh, Bandar Anzali, Rudbar and Masuleh. There are also many daily bazaars in this region where the rural folk presents their goods for sale.

By the way, among all local bazaars in the north of Iran, Rasht Grand Bazaar, dating back to the Safavid Era, is the most famous one with an area of about 24 hectares. However, unlike other traditional bazaars in Iran or even Middle Eastern bazaars, it is not covered with ceiling domes.

Besides, Rasht Bazaar houses 14 caravanserais dating back to the Qajar and Pahlavi (1925-1979 CE) dynasties.

Finally, this bazaar has maintained its traditional appearance and is a vibrant market where local foods, fish, vegetables, fruits, and traditional handicrafts are sold.

Souvenirs you can buy in Rasht Bazaar are local handicrafts and sweets


Qazvin Bazaar


Qazvin is an ancient city in the northwestern province of Qazvin, located about 150km from Tehran. Interestingly, Qazvin Bazaar is one of the oldest traditional bazaars in Iran. This market dates back to 1,000 years, but the current building belongs to the Safavid and Qajar periods.

After selecting Qazvin as the capital of Iran during the Safavid Period, a large square was built in the center of the city, which became the main platform of the Qazvin Bazaar. Qazvin Bazaar still stands with its beautiful Iranian-Islamic architecture.

Interestingly, the most beautiful part of Qazvin Bazaar is Sa’d al-Saltaneh Palace, with its fantastic tile works. On the other hand, Qaisarieh Bazaar, with its high arched roofs, is another beautiful section of Qazvin Bazaar.



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