The Kerman Bazaar Complex is not just a simple bazaar. This 600 years old complex contains different attractions such as magnificent architectural styles from different historical periods, museums, bathhouses, caravanserais, etc. The liviliness of the bazaar itself and its original spirit that has not faded away is enough to catch the eyes of every visitor. The core of the bazaar was established in the Timurid era and got developed in linear patterns from west to east throughout different periods of time.

Ganj Ali Khan Complex

The most important part of the bazaar is called the Ganj Ali Khan complex and was built in the Safavid era. Ganj Ali Khan complex contains a big public square which is surrounded by Ganj Ali Khan Bazaar, the Ab Anbar (water reservoir), a coin mint, a bathhouse and a caravanserai.

Ganj Ali Khan Chahar-Soogh

Ganj Ali Khan Bazaar connects to the Ganj Ali Khan Chahar-Soogh from the east. Chahar-Soogh is a place where two bazaars cross each other. Chahar sooghs are the most important and crowded places of a bazaar and usually have an open area, like a small square, to handle the crowd. Ganj Ali Khan Chahar-Soogh is the greatest Chahar-Soogh of the Kerman Bazaar, designed with some beautiful paintings dating back to the 17th century. The dome of Ganj Ali Khan Chahar-Soogh used to be one of the tallest structures of the city after the Jame Mosque of Kerman.

Ekhtiari Bazaar

Moving to the east, there is a narrow bazaar called Ekhtiari Bazaar, which is the oldest part of Kerman’s Bazaar. Sheikhieh School, Chehel sotoun (Forty Columns) Mosque, Golshan Caravanserai and Vakil Bathhouse which is being used as a traditional teahouse nowadays, are among some of the top attractions of this bazaar.

Vakil Bazaar

The next bazaar to the east is the Vakil Bazaar which is the longest bazaar of this complex. The Vakil bazaar also contains a caravanserai, a mosque, a bathhouse and a school. The Vakil Bazaar itself leads to the Mozaffari Bazaar and the Jameh Mosque of Kerman.

There are a few more bazaars such as the Sardar, the Ghaleh Mahmmoud, The Ghaleh, The Mesgar-ha (Coppercrafts), Zargar-ha (Goldcrafts) and Kaffash-ha (Shoemakers) bazaars. The entire Kerman Bazaar extends for more than 1,200 meters.


 

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