Would you like to learn more about the Fatih area in Istanbul?
Fatih is located in the heart of Istanbul and boasts many popular tourist attractions due to its long history with many civilizations & cultures. Its incomparable historical and cultural settings between other regions attracts tourists from all over the world as well as many commercial projects. Today, as part of our Istanbul Areas Series, we will briefly look into the nature of the area in addition to details you may find useful if you are thinking of living or investing in it.
The Strategic Location of Fatih Area in Istanbul
Yes, it was strategically planned for Fatih to stand exactly where it is today, and for many reasons. For starters, its bordered by the Golden Horn to the north, it overlooks the Marmara Sea to the south, and its western borders are defined by the Constantinople Walls, in which we still see standing to this day.
But, besides Fatihs geographical location, it’s also home to a wide range of archaeological sites, health and educational centres as well as many good schools & universities, especially Islamic ones. This is one of the many distinct advantages of living in the Fatih area for Muslims. It’s kind of the Muslim Oxford or Cambridge of Turkey with the same multicultural student city atmosphere. Fatih is a conservative and busy area and although it’s prominently Arabic families that reside there, I would say the international students & tourist attractions help balance it out to see people from all walks of life and cultures in the area. You certainly wouldn’t find any nightlife there 😉
However, of course due to it being a busy centre of education, historical buildings & commercial hubs, this has developed some congestion in the area. Together with traffic and limited parking spaces, Fatih isn’t the ideal place for cars. Drivers with limited patience would not have a nice time there on its narrow streets.
Fortunately, it’s for this reason that the local authorities have made sure that the Istanbul traffic network system is well connected to this area, making it easy to reach from anywhere in the city. It offers all means of transport such as buses, metro, and metrobus lines, that provide quick and easy transportation means for any journey whether near or far at an affordable price.
Some Statistics of Fatih Istanbul
The Fatih area is without a doubt, one of the most popular resident options in Istanbul, as mentioned before, its packed with prominent tourist attractions, important historical buildings and educational centres. Naturally, as in any large city, there is a higher rate of crime in this area than you would find in another less-congested part of Istanbul. The Fatih area of Istanbul holds a population of 443,090 people in which 155.277 are married couples & families. More than 53% of Fatih’s population is recorded to be middle-aged and 14% senior citizens. 69% of its inhabitants are recorded to be educated with 18% graduate level and above.
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Some of The Most Beautiful Tourist Areas in Fatih
The Fatih Mosque
Because of Fatih’s historical value, many attraction points in the area receive tourists from all over the world. One of these main attractions points is The Fatih Mosque.
Between the period 1463 and 1470, in a desire for the area to become the centre of knowledge and faith after the conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmet al-Fatih ordered the construction of Al- Fatih Mosque and chose it a place within the heart of Constantinople.
This Mosque is one of the many mosques that were built in the Ottoman Empire era. It was named after the Ottoman Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih who conquered Constantinople in 1453. It is a great example of Turkish Islamic architecture in Istanbul and represents an imperative stage in the expansion of the old Turkish architecture.
The Fatih Mosque holds both religious and social features, it combines the legacy of the past with the brilliance of the present. It is an admirable architectural landmark to see & ponder upon that consists of two identical minarets. It’s minbar has hand-drawn baroque design decorations and a large courtyard surrounded by many columns and arches. The centre of the courtyard provides a dedicated place for ablution.
The shrine of Sultan Mehmed Fatih lies on the southern section of the building that is surrounded with an ornamental glass fence. The walls bordering the shrine are beautifully inscribed with verses of the Quran and the famous hadith regarding the conquering of Constantinople.
“Verily you shall conquer Constantinople. What a wonderful leader will he be, and what a wonderful army will that army be!”.
The Sultanahmet Mosque is one of the most important historical landmarks in Istanbul. It was built by Sultan Ahmet 1 who took over the throne in 1603 and sought to complete what previous Sultans had started by building mosques and towers on the hills of Istanbul. The mosque was seen as one of the largest achievements ever made and was opened for worship in 1617.
The Sultanahmet area is situated in the heart of the old Istanbul and officially belongs to the Fatih Municipality. It is easily reached and visited with the different means of transport provided in the area.
A Mixture of Modern & Traditional Shopping
The Fatih area offers numerous shopping facilities comprising of Modern Shopping Malls as well as traditional markets and bazaars that fill the narrow streets. The streets are beautifully decorated with colourful ornaments and filled with the delicious smell of cultural food, providing both the residents as well as the visitors of the area with all their shopping needs at great prices. From food to clothes & souvenirs also, a large number of popular markets are held in its neighbourhoods, which meet all daily needs at cheap prices, there are also commercial malls that contain various types of local and international brands.
There is also a very popular Wednesday market in Fatih, located next to the Fatih Mosque. It extends over a number of streets, hosting many traders & offering diverse merchandise at great prices all day.
The Eminonu Area of Istanbul
The Eminonu area of Istanbul is one of the most marvellous places of tourism in the European side of Istanbul city, it is also of supreme importance due to being the main location for transporting to the Asian side of Istanbul City.
The Eminonu Municipality are proud to own this area boasting many beautiful & historical monuments with a breath-taking view of the Bosphorus, one of which is the New Eminonu Mosque. It overlooks the Istanbul seashore and is one of many treasured masterpieces the sultans of history left behind.
Just next to this mosque is the 2nd largest covered market in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar, while the mosque itself holds the record of being the largest cemetery for the Ottoman sultans, as it contains the tomb of five of the Ottoman sultans, in addition to the tomb of Sultan Khadija Turhan who was credited with completing the building of the mosque.
The Istanbul Closed Market
The popular ‘closed market’ is also well known as the ‘covered market’ and it’s one of the oldest markets in Istanbul. It was first constructed during the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul and used as a stock exchange centre by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in the year 1461 AD. He requested that all retailers be under one roof for ease and comfort for both the sellers as well as the buyers.
The market has about 4400 shops scattered within 80 streets and is popular for the abundance of its handcraftsmanship & design works.
Topkapi Palace was first recognised as one of the monuments that belonged to the historical areas in Istanbul by UNESCO before it became a world heritage site in 1985.
It is one of the largest historical palaces the country has ever known. Used as a Sultan residence place in the Ottoman Empire, the palace includes some of the most important Islamic holy relics many Muslims dreams to see, such as the sacred mantle (cloak) of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his blessed sword.
It’s worth mentioning that even though this palace is not seen to be very luxurious in its form & structure, it still receives a huge number of tourists on a daily basis.
Advantages of investing in Fatih
In general, investing in the Fatih area of Istanbul would be considered a profitable project. Due to the central location of Fatih, its richness in history, education and beautiful tourist attractions, investment opportunities can vary from giant commercial centres to buying and selling in real estate of various forms. Investment in the Fatih area has witnessed great success in recent years. Some of the advantages the area has that attract investors are, high-quality areas of investment to choose from, advanced organizational skills, and most importantly, good return.
Pros & Cons of buying an apartment & living in Fatih
Although it can be said that buying an apartment in the Fatih area has a positive impact, one should still bear in mind the disadvantages of city life in general and weigh out the pros and cons. It’s important to have a clear vision of your priorities and what you would like to expect.
The real estate market in this area is a dynamic one and always seems to be in great demand. Its prominent central and conservative location distinguishes it greatly from other areas. It’s Islamic centres and schools are certainly another reason Muslims like to be in close range.
Fatih is valued for its many educational, health, and marketing centres, that provides its residents with a variety of daily & useful services. However, it is also due to all these amazing services that it is also very busy and cramped at the same time.
Fatih is a historical area that’s already fully developed with its own unique architecture and due to its limited space, many residential building structures tend to be old and small with less spacious layouts. There are also fewer new residential building projects that comply with the new earthquake regulations.