in 1701 and 1750 were followed by the earthquake
of 1766, and further fires in 1791 and 1826.
Then came the great earthquake of 1894, and
most recently the fire of 1954, after which
restoration work continued for five years.
For those unfamiliar with the Kapaliçarsi
and without a map it is easy to become lost
or wander in circles. It covers an area of 30.7
hectares (75.8 acres), and consists of over
3000 shops and 61 streets, not to mention ten
wells, four fountains, two mosques, and several
cafés and restaurants. Around 25,000
people are permanently employed in the bazaar,
and an indeterminate number of street vendors
ply their wares in and around it. The heart
of Turkey's gold market and unofficial foreign
exchange market beat here.