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Grand Bazaar Of Ottoman Empire

The Phonograph 

The shape and the people of the Inner Bedestan keeps changing. It was 1950′s. Here is the stoıy of a phonograph from the archives of Taha Toros: “At the time the phonographs first came out, one man decided to rent one of the cabinets (shops) in the Bazaar in oı·der to seli phonographs even though he faced with eveıybody’s objections. He put a few phonographs in his cabinet and starteel playing them in order to get the customers’ attention. The teachers (traclesmen) callecl him to the guilcl and said “This place opens up with the name of Gocl anel closes with the prayer, music is forbidden here”. However the man clicl not listen to them since the teaeber clid not have as much authority in the Bazaar as they usecl to. The board went to the police station for help. However, their reply was “Trading is allowed, there is nothing we can do.” just when they thought they lost this battle, one of the traclesmen nameel Deli (Crazy) Mustafa told them to leave this job to him and he was able to get this man out of the bedestan. The next day Deli Mustafa brought a big drum anel hung it samewhere in his cabinet (shop). Wbenever the phonograph seller starteel playing the phonograph because a custoıner caıne to his shop, Deli Mustafa starteel playing his drum at the same time. No one could hear the phonograph because of the sound of the drum. When they askecl Deli Mustafa what he was cloing, he answerecl “Isn’t trading allowecl? I am showing the drum.” A few days later, the phonograph seller left the beclestan because he realized that there was no way he could keep up with Deli Mustafa.” When we talked to gramophone seller Mehmet Efendi later on, he talkecl about this inciclent with saclness. Phonographs were brought to our country before gramophones and provicled us to listen to the histarical voices of the past. However the approach of the traclesmen towards phonographs was not positive.

Alcohol In The Grand Bazaar During The Times Of Ottoman Empire

In April 1910, in an antique shop located in Aynacılar Street, Micheal, the owner of the shop, and a Muslim woman nameel Salüne were caught on drinking brandy together. Ms.Salime, who was the claughter of the former custoıns minister Mehmet Şevki Bey, stood trial for she behaved against general moral principles. Maıtial Coıııt sentenced her to three years of prison in Sinop. (H.T 313 2004) Toclay stili no alcobol is seıved in the Grand Bazaar. I do not know if there is a legal restriction on alcohol in the Grand Bazaar but what I do know is that the traclesmen have clifficulties explaiı1ing the tourists that drinking beer is forbidden there. I also do not know if any of the restaurants applied to authorities for license to seli alcoholic beverages and if they did what the response was.

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