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5 Must Visit Places in Fatih District of Istanbul - Istanbul Travel Blog

Updated: Feb 6

Fatih District has a significant importance in the history. It used to be a main activity center in the time of Byzantines and became a religious center after the conquer of Istanbul by Ottomans.


The district is one of the most tourist and beautiful areas surrounded by lots of places to visit. Here in the blog, we will explain the 5 places to visit in the Fatih District.


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Topkapi Palace Museum:


The Topkapi Palace holds a significant place in Islamic history. The palace was constructed after the conquest of Constantinople. It was the main residence and administrative palace of Ottoman Emperors until Abdul Majid I moved the court to a newly built Palace.


Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

The palace underwent continuous restoration and expansion under different Ottoman Emperors.



Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

After the demolition of the Caliphate in 1924, the Palace became the Museum and opened to the public. The Museum has different courtyards, Chambers, and Harem sections and depicts the lifestyle of the Ottoman Emperors.


How to reach to Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

The price for the entry ticket for Topkapi Palace is 40 Liras and 25 Lira Additionally for the Harem.



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Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia:


The famous Dome-shaped Hagia Sophia held significant importance during the Byzantine era as it was one of the famous Orthodox Christian Churches. The Church was built in AD 537 and used to be the largest building in that era.


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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul


After the conquest of Constantinople, it changed into an Ottoman Mosque, and the minars were added to the dome. The mosque was turned into a museum in 1935.


Hagia Sophia tickets
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The interior and exterior architecture are just amazing and the gallery is worth visiting where you can see the mind-blowing masterpiece of Islamic calligraphy.



While waiting in line for the tickets, you may find different people trying to approach you and they will give you an instant ticket with a guided tour.


Tickets of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Tickets of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

TO AWARE: Firstly, they are offering higher prices than the original ones and you might end up finding yourself waiting more in the line.



We would highly suggest either buying the guided tour online with some reputable company with a good review or better wait in the queue.


Blue Mosque:


One of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul with six minarets is also located in Sultanahmet Square, The Mosque welcomes an uncountable number of Tourists with no entry cost.


Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Istanbul

For women, it’s mandatory to dress up properly and respect the etiquette of mosques. So, you can get the clothes at the entrance of the mosque to cover yourself.


Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Istanbul


Basilica Cistern:


The Cistern is found under the city and it's just a few meters from Hagia Sophia. The Basilica Cistern is a bit dark with little water right now as compared to the past so visitors can access this place.


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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Many movies like James Bond, and Black Widow have shot a few scenes here in the Cistern.


Basilica Cistern Ticket
Basilica Cistern, Istanbul


Grand Bazar:


After the conquest of Constantinople, Sultan Mehmet II set the foundation of Grand Bazar in 1455 to facilitate Trade. Throughout History, the Bazar has great importance in the World trade due to its strategic location.


It controlled the trade between Asia and Europe and was the hub for International and local traders. It was unrivaled until half of the 19th century.


Grand Bazar, Istanbul
Grand Bazar, Istanbul

Nowadays, the Grand Bazaar is considered the most visited bazaar and famous landmark of Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar depicts the real Turkish traditions and culture.



It has uncountable traditional Turkish cafes, Kiosks, beautiful lanterns hanging shops, Turkish Tea, Jewelry, Spices, and many more things.


Grand Bazar, Istanbul
Grand Bazar, Istanbul

Exploring a Grand Bazar is definitely an incredible experience and your tour to Istanbul can’t be completed without the visit of Grand Bazar.


Ending Note:


We would highly suggest buying a Museum pass . It allows us to enter most of the museums like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Harem, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Fethiye Museum, etc.


Check the website to see more museums free to enter with the pass. In this way, you can save time waiting in a long queue, and also cost-effective.


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