Arasta (Ottoman Bazaar)

Bergama Arasta which started to take its shape in the 14th and 15th centuries has hosted many different craftsmanship for hundreds of years. The Arasta has gathered different guilds inducting boot makers, shoe makers, linen drapers, saddlers and cereal dealers. The small shops of each guilds stands next to each other at the Çınarlı Squares of Arasta. There are also different commercial structures such as coverd bazaar and inns were added into Arasta during the history.

 

Most of the structures surviving to the present day belong to the 19th century. This is due to the big fire of 1853. The repair of the exterior fronts of the shops in the Ottoman Bazaar was carried out by the Municipalit in 2007 to 2008.