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The Second – Hand Booksellers Bazaar, Sahaflar Çarşısı

The Sahaflar Çarşısı, the second-hand booksellers bazaar, is one of the oldest market spots in Istanbul. Books and paper have been sold here since the Chartoprateia market of the Byzantine era. The market became especially popular with the legitimisation of printing in the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the 18th century. Until the advent of modern bookshops and public libraries, this bazaar was the primary source for books in the city, and still remains a cornucopia of used tomes, copies of the Qu’ran and a selection of old maps and prints.

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