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

Updated: May 28

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

The district is one of the most touristic and beautiful area surrounded with lots of places to visit. Here in the blog, we will explain about the 5 must places to visit in Fatih District.

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 new built Palace.

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

The palace was undergone with continuous restoration and expansion under different Ottoman Emperors.

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

After the demolish of Caliphate in 1924, the Palace had become the Museum and opened for the public. The Museum has different courtyard, Chambers and Harem sections and depicts the lifestyle of the Ottoman Emperors.

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia:

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

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The interior and exterior architect is just amazing and the gallery is worth to be visited where you can see the mind-blowing masterpiece of islamic calligraphy.

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

Tickets of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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

We would highly suggest to either buy 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 of Istanbul with six minars is also located in Sultanahmet square, The Mosque welcomes the uncountable number of Tourists with no entry cost.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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

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 compare to the past so that visitors can access this place.

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Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Many movies like James bond, Black Widow has shoot few scenes here in the Cistern.

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

Grand Bazar:

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

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

Grand Bazar, Istanbul

Nowadays, Grand bazaar is considered as a 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

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

Ending Note:

We would highly suggest to buy a Museum pass for 85 Liras for 72 hours and it allows to enter free most of the museums like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and 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 to wait in a long queue and also cost effective.

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