Eyup Sultan Mosque

Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb, located in the north of the Golden Horn, just outside the junction of the land walls and the Golden Horn walls, is considered one of the holy places of the Islamic world. The mosque was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1458. It was built in the name of Eyüp-el Ensari, who was the flag bearer of Muhammad. Eyüp-el Ensari, one of the first to accept Islam, was martyred during the siege of Istanbul in the 7th century. The tomb of Eyüp-el Ensari was found during the siege of Istanbul by Mehmet the Conqueror. The historical mosque, built where Eyüp-el Ensari was buried, is also the first mosque of the city. Ottoman Sultans girded themselves with swords in Eyüp Sultan Mosque for centuries after Mehmet the Conqueror. The first sword in Eyüp Sultan Mosque was encircled by Akşemseddin, the teacher of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. The mosque, which has a protruding mihrab, belongs to the group of mosques with eight pillars in terms of its plan. There is the Tomb of Eyüp Sultan in the middle of the mosque, a spring at the foot of the sarcophagus, and a centuries-old plane tree in the middle of the courtyard. The tomb of Eyüp-el Ensari, located within the surrounding wall of the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, was built in 1458. Sultan Ahmet I and Sultan II. The tomb, which was repaired during the reign of Mahmud, was decorated with tiles since the 16th century. Although the silver rings and candlesticks in the tomb belong to recent times, it is claimed that the well at the foot of the sarcophagus is the spring found during the discovery of the tomb. The mosque has become an otherworldly place with the cemeteries around it. Because so many graves, mausoleums and sarcophagi have never been so intertwined in another mosque. The graves of the Ottoman Grand Viziers Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, Ferhat Pasha, Mehmet Pasha and Siyavuş Pasha, as well as Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Ahmet Haşim, Ziya Osman Saba and Marshal Fevzi Çakmak are located here. Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Tomb have been visited by Muslims as a sacred place of the Islamic world for centuries.

You can visit Eyup Sultan Mosque on our Daily Istanbul tours.

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