Isfahan Qeysarieh Bazaar
The Qeysarieh Bazaar of Isfahan, also known as Shahi Bazaar, Soltani Bazaar, or Grand Bazaar, is the fourth building located in Naqsh-e Jahan Square, commissioned by Shah Abbas Safavi. While it was mainly built during the Safavid era, from 1501-1736, some parts of the bazaar date back over a thousand years to the Seljuq Dynasty. This covered bazaar was one of the most splendid shopping centers in the city during the Safavid era and remains a thriving marketplace today. As visitors enter, they are greeted with a multitude of old shops and chambers selling a variety of goods, including Iranian handicrafts, souvenirs, jewelry, silverware, traditional ceramics, veils, hijabs, and authentic Persian carpets. The bazaar is renowned for its stunning architecture and design, with the main entrance adorned with magnificent mosaics, breathtaking paintings, and unique carvings. Additionally, visitors can purchase local sweets of Isfahan, such as Gaz, Poulaki, and Pashmak, in beautiful boxes. Due to its exceptional architecture and vast array of goods, the Qeysarieh Bazaar is considered one of the world's most beautiful and historic markets.