The capital marketplace of a global empire, spanning three continents. Shaped around the "Cevahir and Sandal Bedestens (markets)" throughout the period of 250 years, the Grand Bazaar is an intricate web of streets. The plan and architecture, which were shaped freely with time and changing needs, distinguish the complex from the other covered bazaars. A city built for trade. A bazaar more than 500 years old, 64 streets and 3,600 shops over 45,000 square metres, 20,000 employees and a daily average of 300,000 visitors. The largest covered market in the world and the precursor of the modern shopping mall. The Grand Bazaar.