Rasht Bazaar | Festival of Colors and Delicious Foods
Iranian traditional Bazaars are well known worldwide. Like any other Persian Grand Bazaars, Rasht Great Bazaar is also a daily host for locals and tourists. Just one walk through the passages of this market is enough for you to start a unique journey in time. Indigenous and organic products along with old and eloquent sellers will remind you of the times when everything was simple. And the sound of vendors encouraging passersby combined with the buzzing sound of people makes a beautiful symphony of life.
Rasht Bazaar Through History
Rasht Bazaar dates back to the Safavid era (1501 – 1736) when Bazaars were one of the main elements of modern cities. This 24-hectare market consists of different parts such as large and small squares, passes and alleys, and caravanserais. During Qajar and Pahlavi era the caravanserais expanded to 14 caravanserais including Mohtasham, Chinichian, and Malek inns. Most of these are now abandoned but some of them like Taqi Bozorg Caravanserais have been turned into shops.
Rasht Bazaar has gone through various events over the years. From being set on fire by Karim Khan’s army to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. But this Bazaar has remained the beating heart of the city during these years and has not lost its practical nature to this day.
Rasht Bazaar; A Bazaar different from all other traditional Bazaars.
Unlike other traditional Iranian markets, Rasht Bazaar is not at all covered up. In this place, you will not see any traces of dome-shaped roofs, connected arches, and narrow corridors. But on the other hand, the local products of Gilan such as local fruits and dairy, along with the bazaar of shoemakers and goldsmiths, have formed an interesting and beautiful contrast that is attractive to any passerby.
When to visit?
The answer is very simple! You can visit Rasht Bazaar whenever you like. This Bazaar is daily and permanent, and its products will be varied according to the seasons. But keep in mind that Rasht is a city of rain and Rasht Grand Bazaar has no roof. So, if you are planning to visit on rainy days, do not forget your umbrella!
* Written by Mahsa Ashouri.
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