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The Isfahan Bazaar (Qeysariehe bazaar)

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The bazaar of Esfahan is extensive and almost completely covered. Hidden inside the small alleys and backstreets of the city, this is the place where everyone comes to do shopping of any kind. Persian carpets, spices, brass, clothes, food, or virtually anything else is on sale here. Despite all the people walking around, the bazaar is quiet and does not have the intimidating noise of some other markets.
Since it can get very hot outside, the market is equipped with an age-old, intelligent air conditioning system. It consists of holes in the ceiling, which all together force air to travel through the narrow streets below. Therefore, the atmosphere never becomes oppressive. When you climb on the roof of the bazaar, you can see the cupolas of the roof, simple yet elegant.
There are many places where you can escape the market life if you want. Small squares with fountains, caravan sarais where traders met centuries ago, places where camels grinded grains only years ago and which have been replaced by machines, heavy wooden doors breathing history, old bath houses badly in need of repair. And then, suddenly, you come out of one small alley and the Naghsh e jahan Square opens up in front of your eyes.

The Bazaar of Isfahan, the heritage of the Saljuqid and Safavid era, is the longest roofed market in the world. Unfortunately, despite the uniqueness and importance of this bazaar, few studies have been done on it. In this paper the historical development of the Bazaar of Isfahan will be explored based on its social context. The concept of the bazaar and its economic and spatial concepts will be explained. Although the vastness of the subject does not allow an in depth discussion, many references have been consulted.

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