Brief History of Tehran Grand Bazaar:
Undoubtedly, one of the most important monuments of Tehran is Tehran Grand Bazaar. In terms of age, it was built during the Safavid era. But the period of Nassereddin Shah must be considered as one of the golden eras of Tehran Grand Bazaar, because many constructions were built at that time.
Around Tehran Grand Bazaar, there are many other monuments such as Imam Mosque and Golestan Palace, which themselves are very important in history not only for Tehran Grand Bazar, but also for whole city of Tehran. You should know that the historical events of Tehran and Iran were dependent on this place many times. As prominent example, we can mention the history of Constitutional Revolution.
The Architecture of Tehran Grand Bazaar:
Unfortunately, with the advent of urbanization and architecture in Tehran, the Grand Bazaar has undergone major changes, many of its sections have been renovated, and even parts of it have been destroyed.
About the wonderful architecture of this historic Bazaar, it should be noted that the older parts of Tehran Grand Bazaar have arched and dome-shaped architecture in the roof sections, providing light through the holes in the bricks. The area of Tehran Grand Bazaar is 105 hectares and it has various sections that we will introduce you the most important of which.
What Can You Buy in Tehran Grand Bazaar?
In Tehran Grand Market, many needs of families in any areas from the lowest possible level to the highest level are met. Of course, this market is not just for families, but also for different trade unions. You can find everything from A to Z in Tehran Grand Bazar including nuts, vegetables, cosmetics, apparel, gold and jewelry, household appliances, bags, shoes, office supplies, decorative supplies and stationery. Most of these items can be found at affordable prices in Tehran Grand Bazaar.
The Most Important Parts of Tehran Grand Bazaar:
Chahar Soogh-e Bozorg:
Chahr soogh-e Bozorg is one of the oldest remained parts of Tehran Grand Bazaar, which is located near Masjed (mosque) Jame and built in 1185 SH. Chahr soogh-e Bozorg has a remarkable style. It has an octagonal space that is plastered inside and a short circular dome. Chahr soogh-e Bozorg is one of the most beautiful and bustling sections of Tehran Grand Bazaar, mostly recommended for visiting.
Going to Moslem Restaurant and eating a memorable traditional food after shopping is everyone’s program in Tehran Grand Bazaar. It is not a luxury restaurant but we can say that Moslem is the most famous restaurant in whole Tehran with a warm atmosphere and kind and polite staff. You can visit local people from different kind of social class there too. Their main dish is a crispy rice dish, Tahchin, which is most favorable and we suggest you do not miss tasting this delicious food. Although they are always busy, they prepare everything very quickly and it is worth waiting. In addition, its view is the main entrance square of the Tehran Grand Bazaar and so enjoying. Do not forget that its opening hours are from 11 PM to 5:30 AM.
If you want to enjoy some street food while watching Tehran Grand Bazaar, our first suggestion is Marvi Falafel (a fried ball or a flat or doughnut-shaped patty, made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, species or maybe herbs). Marvi Falafel is one Tehran oldest Falafel Shop located in front of the Shamsolemareh, at the beginning of Marvie Alley. They are so good at their work that Marvi Falafel is famous throughout Iran just because of this simple food. Taste it, you will love it.
Haj Ali Darvish Ghahvekhaneh (Tea House):
Haj Ali Darvish Tea House is the smallest but most intimate and loving Tea House in the world. This well-known Tea House is an old square with a very small oven that has a few teapots on it, a dishwasher, a few shelves full of photos, tea, a small old radio, glasses and saucers. In front of this little square, there is a glass table with tea, sugarplum and sugar cube, and so on.
In addition to simple tea, you can also drink sour tea, cinnamon tea, lemon tea or different kinds of coffee. One of the most interesting points about Haj Ali Darvish Tea House is its diverse menu. It has been written in it that the price of all teas is 2000 tomans but for someone is 1500 tomans, for someone 1000 and for someone 100000. He does not even get money from others and it has nothing to do with your finance. It is just related to the owner’s feelings. At all, this tea house is such special that has been registered in national heritage list. To visit it, just reach Bazaar and ask local people. Do not forget to take a memorable photo too.
Sabze Meydan (square):
Sabze Meydan is one of the most well-known sections of Tehran Grand Bazaar, located in northern part, dating back to the Safavid era. During the Qajar period, Amir Kabir was ordered major changes in the structure of this square. Sabze Meydan has been a center for religious and social gatherings throughout the history of Iran. The south side of the square is also one of the entrances to the Tehran Grand Bazaar.
Imam Khomeini Mosque:
Shah Mosque or Soltani (royal) Mosque, renamed Imam Khomeini Mosque after the formation of the Islamic Revolution, is so important and unique that was registered as a national monument. This mosque is located in the northern part of Tehran Grand Bazaar in 11000 square meters, belongs to the Qajar period and the time of Fath-Ali Shah’s reign.
Imam Khomeini Msque is a masterpiece in architecture. It includes the middle countryside, quadrangular porches, domes, columned bedchambers (part of mosque designed for sleeping or nocturnal prayers), veranda, façade, frontage (open space in front of a building facing the street), two minarets, along with beautiful tile and plaster decorations, Muqarnas and inscription. The main door of the mosque was made from wood with 4 meters height and 3 meters width. It is also good to know that this mosque has been of great political importance in Iranian history because of its location.
You can find almost everything about clothing and foreign food at this mall. This large market located in the center of Tehran Grand Bazaar with five floors and has about six hundred business units, most of which are active in the field of clothing. You can get acquainted with Iranian fashion trends in this shopping center and enjoy watching the colorful shops, even if you don’t buy anything.
Address: Tehran, District 12, Panzdah-e Khordad St.
Opening Hours: Thu: 9 AM_3 PM, Fri: 9 AM_ 1 PM, Sat-Wed: 9 AM_ 6 PM.