Qaysari Bazar

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Qalat Street, Erbil, Iraq
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar 2014
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar 2014
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar 2014
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar from the Citadel (2010)
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar 2014
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar 2014
Qaysari Bazar - Qaysari Bazaar from the Citadel (2010)

Qaysari Bazar Erbil Reviews

maykal maykal
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Bazare Qaysari Mar 12, 2017
It seems only fitting that one of the oldest monuments in the world should be almost surrounded by one of the oldest markets in the world. The Qaysari Bazaar has been here for centuries, millennia perhaps, nobody really knows for sure...although it really doesn't look that old any more. At first glance, I wasn't too impressed...after Dohuk's covered bazaar, it seemed tame and small, but I think that was because I was in a bad mood after a terrible night's sleep, and because I'd somehow managed not to get lost and to emerge on the other side of the bazaar within minutes of entering. But I soon discovered that the bazaar is bigger, that it spreads beyond the covered section, spreads for kilometres in fact. And it isn't just two or three major covered alleyways, there are hundreds of smaller alleyways inside, some of the shops so close together you have to brush away bits of cloth and hanging dresses to pass through. Look out for stairs which take you to upper and lower levels...there's no such thing as a dead end in here.

Again, like those in Dohuk and Slemani, this is not a bazaar for tourists...it is a local market for local people, just on an enormous scale. I loved it! Just wish I was braver when it comes to taking amazing market photos.

In 2014, the local authorities were carrying out a beautification project, which involved building bricked archways around the edge of the bazaar, blocking out the haphazard modern shopfronts and advertising (and blocking any views from the many hotels in this area). Some of the alleyways were having bricks laid down to make the floor even, but it was a slow process, so I had to clamber around mounds of cement and rubble in some places. The bazaar was still very much open though. I suppose the overall idea is to make the bazaar seem as old as it is, although what they'd finished actually looked a bit too new and fake.
Qaysari Bazaar 2014
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Qaysari Bazaar 2014
Qaysari Bazaar 2014
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