Arasta Bazaar, Edirne
Within the Selimiye Mosque, a masterpiece by Ottoman court architect Mimar Sinan, Arasta in Edirne is a historic attraction with dozens of shops. Ottoman-era traveler Evliya Çelebi describes the bazaar as “Kavaflar Çarşısı” (Shoe Sellers’ Bazaar) in his travel accounts. A symbol of Edirne, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, the Arasta Bazaar has shops selling Kavala almond cookies, almond paste and beautifully scented “mis” soap as well as handmade brooms with mirrors.
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