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The Old (Ottoman) Market

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During the Ottoman Period, the Ottoman market - known today as he Old Market – developed around Via Egnatia.
Overall, there are 740 stores in the market, the bazaar and the bezesten (covered market). One can find all valuable commodities without effort. There is also a well-built and strong stone bezesten (covered market), capped with six lead domes, like precious stones, and four iron doors, such beautiful workshop cannot be found nearly in any other city.”
Evliya Çelebi, 1668
Silk scarves, fabrics, elaborate wooden ladles and pipes that were made in local workshops were sold here. South of Egnatia Street were the inns, which provided shelter to the merchants’ caravans. The Old (Ottoman) Market was destroyed during the battle of Giannitsa (19-20 October 1912). After the battle, it fell into decline, since the commercial activity moved to the northern part of the city, where the New Market was formed. In the postwar years, it gradually started to recover and spread.

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