"FATIH MOSQUE" Fatih District Tip by balhannah

Fatih District, Istanbul: 7 reviews and 21 photos

  Entrance to the Mosque
by balhannah

This current mosque and surrounding complex were constructed in 1771 over the rubble of the original that collapsed in the earthquake of 1766. The original Fatih Mosque and complex were built on the orders of Sultan Fatih Mehmet, who conquered Constantinople in 1453.
The Imperial Fatih Mosque was constructed between 1462 and 1470.

Wanting a monument more spectacular than that of Ayasofya (Hagia Sofia), THE SULTAN CUT OFF THE HANDS OF THE ARCHITECT when the Fatih Mosque failed to surpass the height of the church, despite its position atop the fourth of the seven hills of Istanbul.

The mosque complex included a caravansary, a hospital, several hamams, the kitchens, and a market, which combined to form a university that instructed up to 1,000 students at any given time.
It was under restoration when I visited so couldn't take photos. The interior is nice like many other Mosques I had visited.


Enter on Fevzi Pasa Cadessi, Fatih

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  • Written Aug 2, 2009
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