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Fatih Istanbul

Fatih Istanbul

Location of Fatih

Fatih is a district of Istanbul that enclosed the majority of the peninsula that was once historical Constantinople and in 2009 Fatih and the municipality of Eminonu were merged.  The region of Fatih borders the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, and the west is separated by the Theodosian wall. 

Fatih is made up of the cosmopolitan areas of Aksaray , Findikzade , Capa and Vatan Road and its more religious and conservative district is Carsamba .  

The Real or Old Istanbul

Fatih, Eminonu and the historical Byzantine walls are considered the real Istanbul of historical times and before the expansion of the city began in the 19th century. 

The Name Fatih

Fatih is an Arabic word that means “conqueror” in Turkish and took its name from the Ottoman Sultan, Fatih Sultan Mehmed or Mehmed the Conqueror .

Suggestions for Visitors in Fatih

Visit Historic Sites in Fatih

Fatih is home to the majority of the historic sites in Istanbul. Some of the main ones that we would advice are:
Grand Bazaar or Kapalicarsi
Knitted Obelisk or Orme Dikilitas
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
Suleymaniye Mosque
Cemberlitas or Hooped Column
Cemberlitas Hamam
Cemberlitas Mosque
Mahmud Pasa Mosque
Beyazit Mosque
Beyazit Hamam
Myrelaion Church or Bodrum Church
Valide Sultan Mosque
Column of Arcadius
Haseki Hurrem Sultan Complex
Davud Pasa Mosque
Kocamustafapasa Mosque
Hekimoglu Ali Pasa Mosque
Firuz Aga Mosque
Rustempasa Medrese
Binbirdirek Cistern
Theodosius Cistern
Fuad Pasa Mosque
Sehzade Mosque
Kalenderhane Mosque
Tomb of Fatih Sultan Mehmet

Mesih Mehmed Pasa Mosque

Walking along Fevzi Paşa Road you will pass through the lovely courtyard of the Mesih Mehmed Paşa Mosque which is thought to have been built by Mimar Sinan in 1585-6.  The founder, Mesih Mehmed, who became a Grand Vizier at the age of 90, has placed his tomb where you would usually find the ablutions fountains, and these can be found inside the surrounding portico.

Horhor Flea Market

For those in need of retail therapy check out the Horhor Flea Market, on Horhor Road near Kıztaşı, that has an abundance of antiques spread over 7 floors and sells hanging lamps far superior to those found in the Grand Bazaar .

Street Market

We recommend you shop at the big street market that takes place every Wednesday in the streets north of the Fatih Mosque; it sells wonderful fruit and vegetables alongside a vast variety of household goods.

Getting to Fatih

To reach Fatih Mosque you can take Bus Nos. 31E, 336E or 38 from Eminönü and  from Taksim Bus Nos. 87 or 32T.

Universities in Fatih

Fatih has the Halic University and the Kadir Has University along with Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, Capa Faculty of Medicine and Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine.

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