If you are a frequent traveler, would know very well that the beating heart of every city is its bazaars. The true culture of every nation flows through the countries bazaars. Where people, regardless of different social classes, mingle with each other. Bazaars in Iran are multi-functional and play various roles in the nations culture.
Whoever has traveled to Tabriz and strolled through the labyrinth ways of the bazaar, has admired the mesmerizing beauty of the Tabriz Bazaar.
Famous travel writers such as Marcopolo, Yaqut al-Hamawi, Jean Chardin, Eugène Flandin, Robert Grant Watson and many others have written about Tabriz bazaar in their books.
Talking about silk road, Iran played undeniably particular role as a trade hub on the ancient silk and spice road. Tabriz bazaar is exactly located on the way of merchants who used to traverse the ancient road. As a result, it was in the center of attention most of the time. Particularly in Safavid era, Tabriz Bazaar thrived and spent its most prosperous days.
You have to spend enough time in maze-like alleyways among shopkeepers and locals to see how life goes on in this part of the city. Wake up early, because grand bazaars don’t stay up late and usually get less crowded in the afternoon and almost shot down by sunset. Some sections of the Bazaar are wholesalers whose main working hours are until noon. Walk pass the shops, although the keepers are busy most of the day time, they offer you a cup of tea, common beverage in Iran.
Tabriz Bazaar with 5500 shops and interconnected brick structures, 35 Sara, 25 Timches (big vaulted halls), 20 mosques, 20 Raasteh, 11 corridors and 9 religious schools is considered the main trading center in Tabriz. One of the most crowded Bazaars in Tabriz grand bazaar is Bazaar-e Amir. Merchants used to sell self –produced silk clothes however it lost the trade to the Jewelers.
To add value to the visit experience it is worth strolling in Mozaffariyeh Timcheh. It’s one of the most important centers of carpet trade.
Nation bazaar or bazaar-e Melli is the traditional part of the bazaar where people supply their daily stuff with affordable prices. You not only can find whatever you need, it would be fantastic live anthropology class.
Where to stay?
Here in Tabriz you have bunch of choices to spend the night. from 5/4 star hotels to more affordable ones are available.