Built on 54,653 square meters, it started small when the Ottoman Turks entered Istanbul in the 15th century. Kapal? Çar??, as the host people call it, is a shopping heaven for gold jewellery, oriental carpets, pottery, spices, souvenirs and accessories.
If you ever visit, be careful not to get lost in the small alleys and arm yourself with your best bargaining skills. The owners of the small shops, called dolap shops, famous for their aggressive selling style, love to do a good bargain.