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“Beautiful ancient mosque and busy Wednesday market”

Fatih Mosque and Complex
Ranked #23 of 1,104 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Named for the Ottoman conqueror of Istanbul, this mosque was part of a large religious complex atop one of the city's many hills. Among the other original buildings in the complex were a school, library and hospital.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 8 August 2014

While visiting Istanbul, I visited the historical mosque in Fatih and also the Wednesday market. The mosque itself is an astounding piece of Ottoman architecture located in a serene area away from the bustling, noisy streets. Not many people know that the tomb of Sultan Mehmet, the great conqueror. is also here at Fatih mosque. I was also lucky to visit the Wednesday market. Things are cheap but the many vendors do not speak English. So bringing a phrase book of common Turkish phrases or a Turkish speaking friend would be a great help. I was so inspired by this area that I wrote a blog about Fatih at lifeinFatih.blogspot.com.
If you are ever in Fatih, visit this area to experience the more Islamic side of Istanbul. To my knowledge, New Fatih Hotel and Berr Hotel are the nearest hotels in this area.

6  Thank kakicikgu
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

While touring old İstanbul on foot at yr own schedule,pls allow yrself about 2 hours in this area in order to visit this very well protected and maintained Mosque and its complex.Highly recommended for praying at this Mosque in peaceful athmosphere.

3  Thank junior1907
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

fatih mosque and fatih district itself - is one the most dearest place to me - i would love to move to fatih, istanbul and settle down there - the mosque is spectacular - calm - beautiful - i would love to visit again soon - a must visit - try catching the jummah prayer.

in comparison to blue mosque which is more touristy - fatih mosque is more for the muslims to pray and chill around in the complex.

2  Thank thedesertwanderer
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

My family and I had the honor of praying the Friday's prayer in Fatih mosque. It is wonderful in all means. A tourist may have the chance to spend great time there with the serenity of the place, have great shots, and spend great faithful time praying.

The complex doesn't include only a mosque, but a tomb of the great Sultan Fatih, and his wife Gulbahar and family. There is also a cemetery that many great leaders and politicians have been buried in.

We went there without a guide since we know lots of historical information about Sultan Fatih. The entry is free of charge. You may stay as much time as you want. The complex to be covered needs like 2 to 3 hours. I recommend to visit in days other than Friday due to crowds during Friday's prayer time: 12:00 to 14:00

Around the complex there are lots of amazing variety of food, and high quality cloths and shoes shops (not cheap at all). I recommend visiting Simmit Saray Restaurant. It is about 10 min walking distance from the mosque.

5  Thank Rasmi17
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

My son Kyle and I agreed that this Mosque was the most beautiful one in Istanbul. Better than the Blue,Süleymaniye and Hagia Mosques.

The clean simplicity of the interior decorations are what we loved most versus the ostentatiousness of the other Mosques and the great architect Sinan built it.

We were the only foreigners there except for another couple so that was very cool.

Go in the afternoon and you'll get great sunlight shining through the windows.

We took the tram and walked up the hill. Took 10 minutes.

6  Thank 24theworld
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