Hearing the word market, our minds will immediately focus on a crowded place filled with sellers and buyers. Hmm… in this world it turns out that there are several markets that are different from the usual market. Want to know, what market it is?
Izmailovsky Market, Russia
Izmailovsky Market is located in Moscow City, Russia. This market specializes in selling handicrafts. In this market, we can find a variety of beautiful antique Russian crafts, such as ceramics, teapots, paintings, and of course matryoshka dolls.
In addition to the interesting collection of sales, the architecture of the Izmailovsky market is also beautiful. This market is located in the Izmailovsky Kremlin which was built in the 16th century. We can also see beautiful ornaments combined with bright colors with modern nuances.
Dubai Gold Souk, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Gold Souk is a traditional market that specializes in selling goods made of precious metals. Not only jewelry, there are also everyday objects such as telephones and doorknobs made of gold.
In total, there are about 10 tons of gold stored in 300 shops in this market. Apart from gold, diamonds, gems, silver, and platinum are also sold. Oh yes, because it is a traditional market, buyers can bargain the price in this market.
Mercat Central, Spain
Mercat Central or central market is located in Valencia, Spain. This market has existed since 1839 and sells people’s daily needs like other traditional markets. What’s interesting about this market is the architectural art of the building which is a combination of steel and glass.
Mercat Central architecture in Valencia Art Nouveau style. In the center of the building, there is a large dome and around the building, there are large windows decorated with stained glass. That’s why from afar this traditional market looks like a museum or other historical building.
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Grand Bazaar, Turkey
Grand Bazaar is located in Istanbul City, Turkey. This market was founded in 1455 and is the largest closed market in the world. It covers an area of 54 thousand square meters. Inside there are 61 streets and more than 3000 shops.
Grand Bazaar provides a variety of goods. Starting from daily necessities, spices, and Turkish knick-knacks and souvenirs. Because of that, this market is always crowded with people. Every day there are about 250.000 – 400.000 people come to this market.
Via dei Presepi, Italy
Via de Presepi is actually just a small street in the City of Naples, Italy. However, this street is lined with shops that all sell statues. All the sculptures on this street are specially made by local artists. Some of the shops here have been around since the 16th century.
Uniquely, almost all the statues on this street have a Christmas theme. The figurines remain on sale year-round, whether Christmas is past or still long. However, now artists are also making other sculptures such as statues of characters and animals in various sizes.
La Vieille Bourse, France
The La Vieille Bourse building in the City of Lille, France, was built in the 17th century. From the outside, this building does look stiff even though the architecture is so magnificent. But when we go inside, we will enter the fun used book market.
There are many books in this place. There are books in French, there are books in other languages. The booksellers in this market are also known to be friendly. They even often invite visitors to play chess