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Büyük Yeni Han, the "Big New Caravansary", built 1764 by Sultan Mustafa III, offering working space for the Silversmiths and related crafts.
The assistant of a Silver Polisher in Büyük Yeni Han.
Though the huge building is decaying slowly, there are still many workshops of silversmiths, polishers, moulders and jewelers.
Silversmith Erami Mehti has been working in Büyük Yeni Han for 34 years by now. Here he is completing an order of Swissotel Istanbul.
The working space of the silversmith Erami Mehti.
Harut Karakütük and his colleagues are specialized in gem inlay for silver jewelry.
Examples of gem inlay in silver rings...
Silver Polisher Iskender working on commission for silversmiths and moulders in Büyük Yeni Han
Moulders' workshop in Büyük Yeni Han.
Cuhacilar Han next to the Nurosmanyie Mosque at the Big Bazaar, is frequented by tourists, therefore better renovated. It is the traditional center of the goldsmiths.
The arcades of Cuhacilar Han.
The Armenian goldsmith Avidis Agdamar with his apprentice in Cuhacilar Han.
Avraham's shop - the hidden heart of the Big Bazaar selling gold and precious gems to the craftsmen of the caravansaries.
A precious old silver pilgrim's plate, a private heirloom of a jeweler at Cuhacilar Han.
A tea-carrier at the door of Zincirli Han.
Scene at the Kürkcü Han, the caravansary of clothes and textiles.
Arcades of Kürkcü Han.
Small gifts for parents of a newborn baby - Kürkcü Han offers everything for Turkish family life...
Producing conditions at Valide Han.
Transport of goods: the old buildings don't have elevators, and their corridors are too narrow for vehicles: trucks only get to the front door of the caravansaries...
Carriers' selfmade rucksacks...
Tapster can be fetched at the well in the central yard.
A customer supervising works at Yelkenci Han in Karaköy.
A cooling model at Yelkenci Han.
The dump of a cast-craftsman at Yelkenci Han.
Murat Kenan Akbas inherited the profession of spring-maker and his workshop at Kursunlu Han by his father.
Usman Bey has been trading leather and other goods in Yaldizli Han for fifty years.
Relict of former mass-production at Valide Han.
The former guest-rooms of Valide Han: Mehdi, the official keeper of the caravansary, knows many historic details...
Mehdi, keeper of Valide Han, on the roof, in the background Beyoglu.