BEDESTEN (vaulted and fireproof part of a bazaar where valuable goods are kept)
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Bedestens were important economical institutions of their age. They functioned as today’s banks and exchange offices. The bedestens has twelve guardians. These people were called as “bolukbasi”, head of the company. In every morning bedesten opened by the “duacibasi” (one of the bolukbasis), and in every evening it was closed by a special ceremony. The most valuable goods were sold on Thursday mornings, before the noon device worship. The tradesman of the bedestens were called as “Hacegan”. There are three bedestens in Istanbul; two of them are in the “Buyuk Carsi” (Grand Bazaar) and one is in Galata.

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