WC Photo series-Tabriz Grand Bazaar is a photography project that I did in year 2008
About Tabriz Grand Bazaar
Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity. Its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road.
A bazaar has existed on the same site since the early periods of Iranian urbanism following Islam. The bazaar was mentioned by the Venetian traveler Marco Polo, who claimed to have passed through it while journeying on the Silk Road.
Located in the center of the city of Tabriz, Iran, the structure consists of many rows, many of which devoted to hand woven rugs, handicrafts, jewelries, hand snitched shoes, daily merchandise, and groceries.
Some of the major rows are Amir Bazaar (for gold and jewelry), Mozzafarieh (hand woven rugs, sorted by knot size and type), Bashmakhchi Bazaar (for shoes), Kiz Basdi Bazaar, Rahli Bazaar (for produce), and many other rows for various goods.
City (Tabriz) and this bazaar were at their most prosperous in the 16th century, when the town became the capital city of the Safavid kingdom.
The city lost its status as a capital in the 17th century, but its bazaar has remained important as a commercial and economic hub in the region and in the silk road. Although numerous modern shops and malls have been established in recent years, Tabriz Bazaar has kept its vital role as economic hub of the city and northwestern Iran.
the Tabriz Bazaar has also been a place of political significance, and one can point out its importance in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in the last century and Islamic Revolution in the contemporary time.
The bazaar was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2010.
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