BEZISTAN - view of the interior on Flickr.
Bezisten represents the first and most relevant trading facility in the city of Skopje during the first centuries of the Ottoman ruling. It is located in the center of the Old Bazaar of Skopje and it is surrounded by all sides with shops. The word “bezisten” is composed of the Arabic word bez (linen) and the Persian word (i)stan (selling place), implying that this place was exclusively meant for selling linen. This was the case at the beginning, however, later other goods were sold to the extent that craftsman`s shops were placed there.
There are sufficient sources and literature that indicate that the area where the Bezisten is currently located, dates from an earlier period as described on the inscription above the main entrance. Additional proof for that are several places around the extensive walls of this building which were constructed using the old masonry fashion.
The current outlook of the Bezisten is relatively new construction (1899 – 1900). It has rectangular shape and its inner side there is an open corridor that enables access to the two store shops aligned next to each other throughout the extensive walls of the building. There are four big entrances placed in the middle of each one of the facades.
Link to the BEZISTAN set on Flickr.