Located in Konya Province in Central Anatolia, Rampalı Bazaar is famous for its booksellers and music stores and catches the attention of visitors with its vintage vibe and extraordinary architecture.
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The bazaar, located near the city center, brings together book lovers, students, academics, musicians and music lovers under one roof.
In the five-story bazaar, which takes its name from its architectural structure, the different floors are accessed by spiral ramps that run from floor to roof without interruption. People who get lost in the bazaar can find their way back out with the help of traders.
In the bazaar, where it is possible to find all kinds of books, from manuscripts, novels and textbooks to academic publications, the sound of music is never lost, thanks to the instrument shops and the masters who give music lessons. music.
Speaking to state agency Anadolu, Hasan Yıldırım, who has been selling books in the bazaar for 13 years, said the bazaar is one of the city’s symbolic places. Yıldırım noted that besides students, lovers of old books frequently visit the bazaar.
Stating that everything related to books can be easily found in the bazaar, Yıldırım said, “We can define Rampalı Çarşı as a ‘book paradise’. I think this is one of the best places in terms of books in Central Anatolia, maybe Turkey. We can even add music to the list.
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Hakkı Bıyık, one of the booksellers in the bazaar, also said that some people spend time in the bazaar among the books out of habit.
Stating that there are people who come to the market just to smell the books, Bıyık said, “Apart from those who come to buy books, there are those who like to walk around with books around them. There is a leaded substance inside the books that does not age. This is where the smell comes from. It is also a characteristic of paper. Some people come just to smell the old books.
Serkan Çakan, who has worked in the music industry for 20 years, sells instruments and teaches lessons, said that whenever the word “music” is mentioned in the city, the first thing that comes to mind is Rampalı’s bazaar.
“We can call this place ‘the heart of music in Konya’ just like Unkapanı in Istanbul. People can meet all of their musical needs. It has become an address where both booksellers and musicians meet, ”he said.