Great Rasht Bazaar: A Traditional Tourist Attraction in Gilan
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Great Bazaar of Rasht is the heart of the economy in Gilan Province and is located in the old texture of Rasht. Rasht Bazaar dates back to the Safavid era (1501–1736).
Unlike similar traditional bazaars, it is not covered and has no ceiling domes or light wells.
Rasht Bazaar is a 24-hectare market and consists of a large square, a small square, streets and caravanserais (Mohtasham, Chinichian, Malek, and …). The bazaar has a total of 14 caravanserais which were built in the Qajar (1785-1925) and Pahlavi (1925-1979) eras and are connected via side streets.
Most of these caravanserais are now abandoned but the rooms in some like Taqi Bozorg have been converted into shops.
The bazaar has maintained its traditional appearance throughout the years and is still a place where agricultural products, different fish, local foods and handicrafts are sold.
Rasht Bazaar was once torched by the army of Karim Khan (1705-1799), founder of the Zand dynasty (1750-1794) pillaged by the soldiers of the founder of the Qajar dynasty Agha Mohammad Khan (1742-1797) and has even sustained damages in floods, earthquakes, and fires.