The Historic Long Bazaar is one of the most important centers where the local people get together since old times.
Each side street and road spared to different occupational groups, it is possible to see the performance of all kinds of occupations here, including local hand-workmanship, herbalists, cheese makers, shoe makers, coppersmiths, and jewelry shops.
Reflecting all characteristics of the ancient city, Antakya houses are made of indigenous yellowish white limestone mud-bricks. Architecture of Antakya houses, surrounded with high stone walls, rooms lined up around the porch, consisting of mostly single and two-storey houses, reflects the way of life, customs and traditions of the local people.
The same layout is seen in all houses, except for some little details added up by the owners according to their financial situations.
The ancient city streets, where old Antakya houses are at, have a specific and complicated order since they’re crossed vertically.
Generally narrow and with water channels passing in the middle, these stone streets also aims to break the wind and prevent floods. And dead-ends called “zokmak” can be seen often.