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Tabriz Grand Bazaar

Tabriz bazaar is a collection of covered brick structures, buildings, interconnected and enclosed spaces which was built for financial and cultural exchanges. Registered as UNESCO heritage site, this 13th-century Historical Bazaar keep everything to offer; from spices to carpets to hand made soap and many many more!

Grand Bazaar of Tabriz


There are several mozaffareih (carpet sections) according to knot size and type. The Amir bazaar, with gold and jewelry, is immediately behind the tourist-information office. The spice bazaar has a few shops selling herbal remedies, henna and natural perfumes. A couple of hat shops (in the Kolahdozan bazaar) sell traditional papakh (Azeri hats) made of tight-curled astrakhan wool. Other quarters specialize in leather, silver and copper, general household goods and fruit and vegetables.

The bazaar is huge and divided into sub-bazaars in which every sections offer specific products. Find a map to figure out where you are going otherwise you’ll be lost between the mass. It’d take days to explore the whole place!


Since 2000, numerous complexes within the bazaar have been rehabilitated with the participation of the owners and tenants. Infrastructure has been improved and public facilities have been built.

Known as the world’s largest indoor market, the complex is composed of different sections: orders, corridors, Sera (Khan), inn, Timcheh, Char Soo, Square, market, tomb, mosque, bath, school, Hussainia, gym, library, museum, ice house, and bridge.

The Silk Road is the ancient trade route dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 CE), which helped to forge political and economic ties between China, India, Persia, Europe, and Arabia. This ancient route also allowed for the trade of culture, religions, philosophies and different technologies among the civilizations along the way.

Architectural styles, arches, high domes, extensive variety of interconnected brick structures, shops order, inns and Timchehes, and different occupations have made this market an outstanding testimony to trading, exchange and Islamic and oriental life setting.

The Tabriz Bazaar includes several structures intended for commercial and trade-related activities, and social gatherings as well as schools and mosques. This bazaar has become a unique environment which brought together the people of different professions and from different cultures.

The bazaar is used for some important religious ceremonies. The most famous one is Day of Ashura during which merchants cease trading for about 10 days and religious ceremonies are held inside the bazaar.

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