The Grand Bazaar
The alleys of this covered bazaar date back to the 9th century and make an hour of the fun meander. Many stores sell various textiles that have been handwoven in Yazd for centuries. This collection forms the backbone (foundation) of the ancient city of Yazd. Markets in Iranian cities and especially in ancient cities with traditional structures have a special and unique position.
These centers are not only a place to buy and sell goods but also a very convenient place to exchange all kinds of information. These markets can also be a great place to getting know architecture - culture - customs - religious beliefs and a complete anthropological museum for tourists. Yazd's Bazaar, like all old bazaars in Iran, has different sections with different names and functions.
They are located in markets - alleys - corridors - shops - and various caravanserais.
It also has different sections with different functions, which are:
Khan, Zargari (Goldsmith), Panjeh Ali, Qeisariyeh, Alaqebandi, Kashigari (tile working), Chit Sazi (chintz making), Mullah Ismael, Afshar, Hadji Qanbar, Mohammad Ali Khan, Jafar Khan, Sadri, Darvazeh Mehreez, Mesgari (coppersmith ), and Nokhod Berizi bazaar.
There are two kinds of roofed bazaars in Yazd, which are built on the principles of traditional architecture and civil engineering:
Bazaar-cheh (Small Bazaar)
These small bazaars usually are located in the city’s old neighborhoods and they are to meet the daily requirements of the residents of each neighborhood.
In other words, the scope of the activities of these small bazaars is the neighborhood, and they include a bakery, a butcher’s shop, a traditional apothecary, a greengrocer's, one or few small workshops, a mosque, and an underground water reservoir. The small bazaars of Kushk No, shah Abolqasem and Qolam-ali Khorasani are of this type.
Bazaar or the main market
What is called Yazd Bazaar today is a collection of desert architectural elements that have created a unique collection called Yazd's Bazaar.
These architectural elements are covered roofs to create shade - multiple water reservoirs to supply water for shops and people - mosque - caravanserai - school and Takie that not only Provide the general needs but also is an architectural feature for the city of Yazd. This complex, which is in fact the backbone and heart of the city, has been changed in different periods and some sections have been added to it. The oldest part of the bazaar is called the Bazaar of Haji Qanbar, dating back to 9h century and being part of the complex of Amir Chaqmaq.
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