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Music marks 550 years of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

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Music marks 550 years of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar


It has been dubbed the world’s oldest shopping mall.

And to mark 550 years of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, a top Turkish musician has been doing what he does best, in an anniversary concert.

“As a son of this land, together with the Turkish classical military band and representatives of three big religions, we will play and perform a Jewish psalm, then a Christian psalm and a Muslim psalm,” said classical pianist and composer Tuluyhan Ugurlu in a break from rehearsals.

“We will create an atmosphere where all of them will be performed on the same stage, with equal respect.”

The show itself was a huge hit with music fans, kicking off a series of birthday celebrations.

Up to 400,000 people a day shop in the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets. In its long and illustrious history, this was another moment to remember.

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