Fatih Camii was my first visit to a mosque in Istanbul before visiting The Blue Mosque. I, along with two other friends, seemed to be the few visitors here. This made for a far more intimate, if not intimidating, look into the architectural and environment of Islam.
Beyond the heavy curtains, I'm immediately blown by the mosque's grandeur architecture, exploding motifs and flourishes, and expansiveness. The utter stillness and hush of distant prayers contributed to the ethereal sensation.
Do take the stairs up to the gallery/mezzanine level. You'll get a mesmerizing view of not just the whole mosque, but the bold red carpet and its intricate gold patterns.
Every bulb in the light fixture was on. No burnt out bulbs.
Please respect the attire dress code and noise level.
It doesn't matter to me what religion (or none) you associate with. Try to be respectful, especially in a place where you are considered a guest. Being some "non-conformist" isn't really hip and cool. (No one is a true "non-conformist" these days.) Also, disrespectful behavior gives tourists a bad name.
This particular visit to the Fatih Camii has set to bar for me in what a visit to a mosque should feel and look like. The Blue Mosque was quite disenchanting mostly due to the hoards of tourists, tourist guides, their noise level, and last, but not least, the pungent odor of sweaty socks in the air. The carpet at the Blue Mosque was also unpleasantly unclean. The lighting was poor, seeing that a few bulbs were left burnt out.
I highly recommend visit Fatih Mosque (and other lesser known/visited mosques in the city of Istanbul) for a truer and quieter experience. Plus, there are no lines, groups of tourists, and that awful gym locker odor. The Blue Mosque is best left for a visit for its amazing architecture or as last minute visit.
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