The municipal district of Fatih is in Istanbul with its boundaries on the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, while the Western border is shared with the Theodosian wall.
With its rich history and character, Fatih has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with the most iconic piece of architecture in the Old City the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is also known as the Blue Mosque, designed by Sultan Ahmed I.
As one of the most conservative districts of Istanbul, Fatih is built around many mosques, where observant Muslims attend regularly, including the colossal complex of the Fatih Mosque at the centre of the district.
Today Fatih is very multi-cultural due to the influx of immigrants coming from the Eastern Anatolia region. The mix of cultures is evident in the market area of Malta Çarşı where one of Istanbul's oldest bazaars plays host to a wealth of international food and produce. The district is also known as the gastronomic centre of the city where the authentic flavours of Turkish cuisine can be experienced.
Walking through Fatih, it is hard to miss the 20-meter-high Valens Aqueduct that was completed in the fourth century and spans more than half a mile. The bridge was used to transport water from Belgrade Forest but now straddles a motorway.
Beneath the archways of the Valens Aqueduct sits the 14-room Islamic religious school and tomb of Gazanfer Ağa, who was chief of Topkapı Palace’s white eunuchs. The 16th century shrine contains an octagonal public fountain and within the complex there are exhibits of the satirical collections of the Caricature and Humor Arts Museum.
Food-lovers: Fatih has some of the best restaurants in the country which are as diverse as its heritage. Fusion creations, aromatic Asian dishes and Italian classics can be enjoyed in restaurants as well as city’s signature dishes of succulent kebapçıs, aromatic mezes and freshly caught fish.
History and culture: Due to its Greek, Persian, Roman, Venetian and Ottoman occupation, Istanbul is home to many historical buildings. Ancient mosques, palaces and churches all hark back to Fatih’s heritage.