Eyup mosque was the first mosque built after the Turks took Constantinople.
One of the first Muslims, Ebu Eyup El-Sari was killed in the Arab
army's in the year 668 AC. Sultan Fatih Mehmet's religious teacher
found to what he said to be Eyup's tomb.
Sultan Fatih built a large tomb, a mosque and a soup kitchen in
that location. The interior is magnificent with gold leafed decorations,
elegant chandeliers hanging from the dome, and carpets covering
The tomb of Eyup Sultan was built in 1485 and its
wall is covered with tiles of several periods. For hundred years those
seeking miracles have made pilgrimages to the tomb. The grill inside the
tomb in front of the sarcophaguse made of pure silver and was a gift of
Sultan Selim III.
Eyup district is the most religious one in Istanbul. In spring
and summer time you will find little boys dressed up for circumcision
parties praying in the mosque. You will also be able to see a
lot of women, totally covered with black cloths doing their daily
If you are there on Friday- which is the most important day of
the week for the moslems, you will be able to see a crowd of people
praying in and outside the mosque.
Next visit of our virtual tour through Istanbul:
Yildiz Palace,Yildiz Chalet,Yildiz Park and Yildiz Porcelain Factory