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(September 19-23, 2007)

Michael Bajko

The Sight of the Silver Fern ......

Nurcan Azaz

Spice Market (Mısır Çarşısı)

Eminönü, İstanbul, Turkey

September, 23rd 2007 at about 3 pm local time

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Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar (or Spice Market, Misir Carsisi) was constructed in 1663 as a part of the adjacent Yeni Mosque complex in order to generate funds for the upkeep of the mosque. Mısır in Turkish means "Egypt" and it is called The Egyptian Bazaar due to the fact that the spices came from India and South-East Asia to Egypt and from there to Istanbul via the Mediterranean Sea. It is filled with the fragrance of the exotic East. Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish Delight) and other edibles fill most of the shops.

Thus Istanbul marks the last stop along the legendary Silk Road. It was the final destination for Asian goods, which were then distributed to Europe. In fact, Istanbul had developed a spice trade with the Venetians as early as the 13th century. The market has six gates; however, some of them are closed now.

Europe / Turkey

Lat: 41° 1' 0.7" N
Long: 28° 58' 15.11" E

Elevation: 48 ft.

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Photographed with my Canon A520 and Nikon FC-E9 fisheye lens, mounted on a bophoto pano bracket for Nikon FC-E9 ,stitched in PT-gui, QTVR file created using PanoCube.

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