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        Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, 17th Century

        This miniature painting from a 17th century Arab manuscript shows the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. This market, which took over 200 years to build, was the largest in the world during the Ottoman Empire’s height. At the crossroads of three continents, the variety and quality of goods offered there was unrivaled. The decline of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the rise of alternate trade routes and mass-production of goods in other countries, led to the decline of the Grand Bazaar as well (though the structure still stands today).

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