Egyptian Market in Istanbul
Once the Ottoman Empire was the largest and most powerful in the world. Courts of Europe welcomed Turkish sultans' ambassadors. The empire included Asia and Europe, East and West. Even Egypt was among the provinces of Turkey. Goods, brought to Istanbul from this hot country - the finest fabrics, rare essences, incense, sweets - were sold on the banks of the Golden Horn. They have built a market near the mosque specially for this purpose. Without thinking too much, the market was called Egyptian. Now it is known also as the Spice Market. If you want to find oriental exotics, then come here. The first thing that hits you when you get into this market is it's aromas. Excellent, splendid, amazing, incredible... There are incenses and aromatic oils which can not be found anywhere else in the world. Stroll along the stalls, admiring them and enjoying their fragrances. You will see sea sponges, drawn out from the sea, beautiful corals, washgloves of specially processed rare wood breeds... There are lots of wonders! You should pay attention to the market building. After all, it was built several centuries ago. The roof of this wonderful building is lined with lead (to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter). In addition to the incenses and fragrances they sell rare candies, made of the finest spices. The spectacular view of the mosque, near which the Spice Market was built, makes it very attractive for tourists.