Istanbul's famous historical marketplace Kapalicarsi (Grand Bazaar) will be open to customers on Sundays soon.
Grand Bazaar, which comprises of 3,600 shops, accommodates nearly 30,000 employees in summer and receives 250,000 - 400,000 visitors a day during summer season, is getting prepared to open also on Sundays in an effort to boost tourism.
In an interview with AA, Hasan Firat, chairperson of the association of the tradesmen of Kapalicarsi, said that the crisis' negative effects on the economy made them consider opening the bazaar also on Sundays.
Noting that the bazaar's closing its doors on Sundays was an old tradition, Firat said security of the bazaar should be provided and tourist operators should get organized well if a decision was taken to open Kapalicarsi on Sundays.
Firat said a major part of the work places in Istanbul's historical peninsula was mostly dependant on tourism and 70 percent of their customers were foreigners.
"This area's economy will get stronger and employees will earn more money with the bazaar's opening on Sundays. The revenues to be collected on Sundays will exceed the shops' daily earnings," he noted.
Firat also said that the shop owners in Kapalicarsi would vote on the issue.
"If nearly 50 percent say 'Yes' in the vote, we are determined to put that decision into practice," he said.
Kapalicarsi (Grand Bazaar) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and thousands of shops.
Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops.
Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats and gold jewelry.
The bazaar contains two "bedestens" (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping) and it was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
In 1894, the historical bazaar underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 21 Temmuz 2010, 13:16