Bazaar of Tabriz

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The Bazaar of Tabriz (Persian: بازار تبریز‎, also Romanized as Bāzār-e Tabriz) is a historical market situated in the city center of Tabriz, Iran. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world.[1] It is one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[2]

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Mozaffariyeh, Grand Bazzar of Tabriz, IRAN.jpg
Mozaffariyeh, Grand Bazzar of Tabriz, Iran
LocationTabriz, Iran
CriteriaCultural: ii, iii, iv
Inscription2010 (34th session)
Area28.9733 ha
Buffer zone75.4082 ha
Coordinates38°04′51″N 46°17′32″E / 38.08083°N 46.29222°E / 38.08083; 46.29222Coordinates: 38°04′51″N 46°17′32″E / 38.08083°N 46.29222°E / 38.08083; 46.29222
Bazaar of Tabriz is located in Iran
Bazaar of Tabriz
Location of Bazaar of Tabriz in Iran


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. [3]

Located in the center of the city of Tabriz, Iran, the structure consists of several sub-bazaars, such as Amir Bazaar (for gold and jewelry), Mozzafarieh (a carpet bazaar, sorted by knot size and type), shoe bazaar, and many other ones for various goods such as household items. Tabriz and its 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 center.[4] Although numerous modern shops and malls have been established nowadays, Tabriz Bazaar has remained the economic heart of both the city and northwestern Iran.[5]

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.[2][6]


The bazaar is used for some important religious ceremonies. The most famous one is Day of Ashura during which merchants cease trading for about 10 days and religious ceremonies are held inside the bazaar. Like other bazaars in Middle East, there are several mosques constructed behind the bazaar, the most notable of them being Jome' Mosque.


In 2000, the Historical Hermitages Organization of Iran begin a restoration project of the Bazaar, with the full participation of the shop owners. The rehabilitation project won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013.[7]

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  1. ^ Mehdipour, H.R.N, "Persian Bazaar and Its Impact on Evolution of Historic Urban Cores: The Case of Isfahan," The Macrotheme Review [A multidisciplinary Journal of Global Macro Trends], Vol. 2, no. 5, 2013, p.14
  2. ^ a b "Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  3. ^ Assari,A., Mahesh, T.M., Emtehani, M.E. and Assari, E., "Comparative Sustainability of Bazaar in Iranian Traditional Cities: Case Studies of Isfahan and Tabriz," International Journal on “Technical and Physical Problems of Engineering”, Vol. 3, no. 9, 2011, pp 18-24
  4. ^ Assari, Ali; Mahesh, Talkad; Emtehani, Mohammed; Assari, Erfan (December 2011). "Comparative sustainability of bazaar in Iranian traditional cities: case studies in Isfahan and Tabriz" (PDF). International Journal on Technical and Physical Problems of Engineering. 3 (9): 18–24.
  5. ^ Editorial Board, East Azarbaijan Geography, Iranian Ministry of Education, 2000 Text Book in Persian Archived June 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "World Heritage Committee inscribes seven cultural sites on World Heritage List". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 31 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar". Aga Khan Development Network. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Gregorian, Vartan (2003). The Road to Home: My Life and Times. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Levinson, David; Christensen, Karen (2002). Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. New York: Scribner's.
  • Swiętochowski, Thaddeus (1995). Russia and Azerbaijan: A Borderland in Transition. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Hosseini, Hamid-Rezā (2 August 2010). "وسیع ترین بازار ایران" [Largest bazaar in Iran]. Jadid Online. (in Persian)

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