Visiting the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. Corridor after passage after hallway snakes around for over 10 km in length. It is a simple process to get lost. I am floundering, but enjoying myself in the Grand Bazaar of Tehran. Tehran is the incredibly busting capital of Iran. Over 16 million people are jammed into this vast metropolitan area. The current bazaar dates back to the 19th century, but the history of bazaars in this area dates back hundreds of years. And Tehran is an ancient city, dating back 6,000 years plus.
This sprawling bazaar is the ultimate for people watching. Find a corner and a fresh juice and watch people and time float by. Everything under the sun is being sold within the bazaar. The only challenge is to find it. Whether you want Persian carpets, hardware goods, spices, gold, clothing, or copper. You will find everyone from knife-makers to tailors to saddlers. Similar goods are grouped in the same area. Also, within the bazaar you will bump into a firehouse, banks, guesthouses, and a mosque.
The shopkeepers are amiable. I had many pit stops full of conversation and photos. Once I entered into the bowels of the bazaar I did not see any tourists. Midway through my visit I feasted on a $1 falafel sandwich. And before I departed, I as accompanied by a half kilogram of pistachios.
The bazaar is no architectural beauty, but it is easy to spend half the day here, breathing it all in.
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Visiting the Grand Bazaar in Tehran.