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 Fatih | Istanbul – everything you need to get to know it

Posted by Cayan on October 1, 2021

 Fatih | Istanbul – everything you need to get to know it


History of the Fatih Region

  • Fatih is a municipality and directorate in Istanbul and is its vital center, and it also tells the story of the antiquity of this ancient city through the historical Byzantine walls conquered by Sultan Muhammad ALFatih “the Conqueror”, in addition to religious monuments that form a painting that combines the history of ancient civilizations in one place.
  • The area of Fatih is 15.6 km2, 60 meters above sea level, and does not contain agricultural land.
  • Has a population of 436539 according to the results of the census conducted based on the title-based registration system in 2018.
  • Fatih region, which covers the historic peninsula, is named after the Ottoman ruler Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih, who invaded Istanbul in 1453.
  • After the opening of Istanbul and the order by Sultan Muhammad Khan, the Fatih area began to expand and develop around the Fatih Mosque by order of Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih.
  • The historic peninsula was built on 7 hills, and the seven hills of Istanbul, which were the subject of poems, remain within the limits of the Fatih.
  • The Eminönü and Fatih areas were merged into a single municipality after Eminönü was separated from it in 1928 when Istanbul was divided into two parts, and the Fatih area was then a branch located in the middle of Istanbul, and on March 8, 1984, these two provinces (Eminönü-Fatih) were transformed into one area under the name ‘ Fatih ‘.
  • The Fatih ‘Historic Peninsula’ area is strategically located and bordered by the Eyüpsultan region to the north, the Golden Horn of the northeast, Sea of Marmara to the south and Zeytinburnu to the west, and Bayrampaşa to the northwest, and The Fatih area, which we call the walled area, consists of 57 neighborhoods.
  • In addition to being one of the most important centers of the Roman Empire, Fatih was the Byzantine capital for 1058 years, and an Ottoman empire for 469 years, and because of this historical advantage, we can see a combination of these three civilizations combined on the historic peninsula.
  • After finding new evidence and results through studies conducted at the Marmray project in Yeni Kapı, it was found that the history of the region dates back 8,500 years, and these results have led to a rewriting of the history of the well-known world, in addition to increasing the historical and cultural importance of the Fatih region.
  • Al-Fatih neighborhood contains the oldest residential areas and historical buildings in the city, and has not lost any of its charms during the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Republican periods, and includes many important historical and tourist monuments.
  • The historic walls, the Golden Horn, and the Sea of Marmara surround the old Fatih area, and some of the extended walls have been restored from The Bay of Eyvan Saray to Yedikule, which separates the conqueror from the Eyüpsultan and Zeytinburnu
  • Because of the destruction of the sea walls along the coasts of the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara, we can no longer see them today.
  • The historical peninsula ‘Fatih’ is the most important urban area and has an important role in shaping the identity of Istanbul city and its emergence to the world, where it is characterized by the presence of the accumulated cultural heritage that we mentioned earlier.


The Seven Hills:

  1. The hill where the Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque are located.
  2. The hill is where the Mosque of Çemberlitaş and Nour Osman is located.
  3. The place where Beyazıt Mosque and Suleymaniye University are located.
  4. The hill where the Fatih Mosque is located.
  5. The hill where Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque is located.
  6. The location of the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in the Area of Edirne Kapı.
  7. The hill district is located in kocamustafapaşa


Main streets in Fatih

3 main streets pass through the Fatih area, which provides transportation to the rest of Istanbul:

  1. Fevzipaşa Street and Macar kardeşler, from Saraçhane to Edrene Kapı.
  2. The street connects The Aksaray neighborhood and the Topkapı neighborhood ‘Is Vatan Street’.
  3. Millet Street, which merges with Ordu Street to reach the Eminönü
  • In addition to the presence of the Kennedy coastal street connecting the district of Sirkeci and Bakırköy, paralleled by the rail network that provides access to many areas in Istanbul.


What makes her special?

  • Due to the availability of many tourist and commercial sites, the Fatih area of Istanbul gives great commercial and tourism importance.
  • Fatih is the first destination for tourists, traders, and investors because it is the heart of the nearby city, which includes many markets, commercial centers, and historical places.
  • Among the best residential areas in Istanbul, Fatih is considered the most preferred area by the city’s people or by foreigners and investors.
  • The geographical location of the al-Fatih region allows access to all areas of Istanbul through many transportation and railway lines, which is considered one of the best transportation in Istanbul.
  • The availability of many health centers and educational, tourism, and commercial centers is an advantage that makes the area a place that is difficult to ignore.


The best tourist areas in Fatih

Grand Bazaar 

  • It is also called the roofed market, located within the Beyazıt area known for its multiplicity of stores and markets.
  • The roofed market was built in 1455 after the opening of Istanbul by Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih.
  • The market spans an area of 40,000 m2 and consists of a large number of 60 roofed alleys.
  • The bazaar consists of a large number of roofed alleys with a large number of shops of different specialties.
  • Many different products are sold old and modern, in addition to handmade craft products, jewelry, and clothing.
  • This market is a precious gem that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists every day.


Egyptian Market

  • Located in the Eminönü area near the port and was named the Egyptian market because most of its goods were imported from Egypt such as coffee, cereals, spices, and others.
  • The foundation stone for the construction of this market was laid in 1579 by Sultan Safia, mother of Sultan Murad III, and was resumed in 1667 under Sultan Khadija Tohan, mother of Sultan Mohammed VI.
  • The market extends on a stone floor and is decorated with antique walls and ornate domes, consisting of 6 doors and 88 vaults where jewelry, coppers, gifts, and clothing are sold.
  • The Egyptian market is an important historical and commercial footprint on the land of Istanbul, in addition to being one of the most important closed markets in which visitors are given unspeakable happiness while touring it.


Fatih Mosque

  • Fatih Mosque was established between 1463 and 1470 and was part of the largest university, healing house, guest house, and library.
  • The mosque is named after Sultan Muhammad Fatih and contains his grave in an annex section, and the mosque is considered one of the most beautiful religious and historical sites in Istanbul and the municipality of Fatih.
  • This mosque was destroyed by the great earthquake that struck Istanbul in 1766 and was rebuilt differently than it was, by the architect Muhammad Tahir Agha by order of Sultan Mustafa III in 1767.


Al , Matat Al , Sharif Mosque

  • It is named after this name because it contains the mantle of the Prophet Muhammad, which Sultan Salim I brought to Istanbul in 1516.
  • The word ‘rag’ enters Ottoman Turkish and is used to denote the coat or cloak.
  • Large numbers of foreign tourists and people from inside and outside Istanbul flock to this mosque frequently during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • The mantle of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has been preserved since the founding of the mosque within a box that prevents it from being opened to the general public, until Sultan Abdul Hamid II ordered it to be opened when he took office, during the holy month of Ramadan so that people can see this prophetic purpose.
  • Some accounts say that this noble cloak was worn by the Prophet Muhammad, on the night of Israa and Al-Maraj when he limped into heaven.



  • Sultanahmet is located on the first of Istanbul’s seven hills and is a center for the convergence of religions, cultures, and civilizations, and has embraced the ruins of three empires.
  • For tourists, it is difficult to leave Istanbul without passing through the Sultanahmet area and enjoying its monuments and its openly extended history on its territory.
  • The area contains historical monuments that blend civilization, history, and architecture, such as Sultanahmet Square, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, and Aya Sophia Museum.

Fatih contains other tourist and historical sites that we cannot mention and talk about all of them in one article:

  • Aksray – Sahaflar Çarşısı – Beyazıt Mosque – Valence Channel – Edirne Kapı and other tourist places.


Real estate investment and ownership in the Fatih region

  • Thanks to its distinctive location and many advantages in terms of historical, commercial, urban, and cultural levels, Fatih has witnessed a great boom in recent times.
  • The unique location feature of this region helps to diversify its investment opportunities, thus spreading widespread to many real estate and commercial investment projects.
  • Buying a property in the Fatih area is a successful investment, in any case, in addition to being a joyous and joyous event in the heart, because you own a property within the center of Istanbul, which includes many commercial, educational, and health centers, in addition to many historical and tourist places.
  • Thanks to all that we mentioned earlier, the Fatih region attracts the attention of many foreign and Turkish investors to earn profits through real estate investment, which is why we say that real estate investment within this region is a successful project free of risks and defects.


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