Workers labor on the rooftop of Istanbul’s iconic marketplace, the Grand Bazaar, during its renovation.
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Atop Istanbul's iconic Grand Bazaar – the scene of a high-speed motorbike chase in the 2012 James Bond film "Skyfall" – a full-force drive to revamp it has begun.The roof renovation is estimated to cost 10 million Turkish liras ($2.7 million).The restoration of the entire bazaar is likely to cost 200 million Turkish liras and is expected to take four years to complete, but officials add that there will always be work needed at the Grand Bazaar because of its historic identity.Construction of the marketplace began in 1455, two years after the Ottomans seized Istanbul then known as Constantinople from the Byzantines, under the reign of Sultan Mehmet II – Fatih the Conqueror.Situated in Istanbul's historic peninsula – home to the Sultanahmet Mosque and Hagia Sophia – the Grand Bazaar plays host to around 3,000 shops where over 30,000 people work.The Grand Bazaar saw damage to its structure when it hosted the motorcycle chase scene in the Agent 007 film "Skyfall".
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