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Turkey has witnessed the rise and fall of countless empires throughout its history, and its fascinating and eclectic past is reflected in the antique items and oddities up for sale at the many antique and flea markets. Commonly referred to as ‘bazaars’, markets are an incredibly important part of Turkish life, particularly in Istanbul where both shopping and socializing are valued past times. A great market is treasured, as are the antique and historical items found within.