Does Fatih Mosque Become a Tourist Attraction?

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Yesterday I was passing through the grand garden of Fatih Mosque in order to reach my favorite cafe to watch another football game that was destined to be a miserable show for me. Anyway, this is not point here (!). I saw many tourists around taking pictures and attempting to explore this major Ottoman period mosque. The problem is, as far as I understand, unlike Blue Mosque and others, this mosque is not meant to be for tourists. This seems to be changing though. I heard Fatih Municipality has some plans of renovation around the mosque. But still this summer I will probably see more funny looks at tourists from the residents of thousands of open air coffehouses in the mosque’s surrounding side streets. This place is just too local right now…

1 Comment so far

  1. Ryan (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    I visited Fatih Camii the last time I was in Istanbul, about six years ago. I was studying Ottoman urbanism at the time, so I had to see the mosque since it is the heart of municipalilty. The locals were not particularly welcoming to me, but they weren’t overtly hostile either. I think it helped that I spoke Turkish.

    Back then Fatih was one of the most conservative areas of Istanbul. It sounds like things have not changed. I can understand why the municipality would want to develop Fatih Camii as a tourist attraction. It is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. But I hope this doesn’t mean that the character of the neighborhood will change. It would be a shame if Fatih took on the tourist trap qualities of Sultanahmet.

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