Istanbul Info

istanbul Guide

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

5 Star Hotel

Bahçeşehir Cinemaximum (Akbatı)

Cinema

Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum

Museums

Old English Pub

Bars - Pubs

Leb i derya Restaurant

International (Others)

Eyup Istanbul

Eyup Istanbul
On the southern shore at the far end of the Golden Horn you will find Eyup, the home to Istanbul’s holiest of shrines and where in the main square there are many stalls with all kinds of religious paraphernalia on sale. The shrine was built in commemoration of Eyüp el-Ensari, who was the standard bearer and close friend of the Prophet Mohammed, and was killed in 689 during the Ummayad siege of Istanbul.

Places to Visit in Eyup

Eyup Sultan Mosque and Cemeteries

There are many mosques and dervish lodges in the area surrounding the shrine, along with graveyards full of wonderfully carved headstones. After the Eyup Sultan Mosque was built, many important people wanted to be buried close to Eyüp’s tomb, as they believed he could somehow plead on their behalf after their death, and so built their own mosques nearby. It was the same for the rich people who also arranged to be buried as close to the tomb as possible and these local cemeteries are now outdoor museums containing the best Ottoman calligraphy and stone carvings. The site the mosque has been built on was once used for the coronations of the Ottoman sultans’ where they would ceremoniously strap on the sacred Sword of Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.  

Mihrisah Valide Sultan Complex

Zal Mahmud Pasa Mosque

Cezari Kasım Pasa Mosque

Kariye or Chora Museum

Eyup Traditions

Toy Making

The trade of wooden toys once flourished here and is today making a comeback; you can see examples of what used to be produced at the City Museum at Yildiz and the Toy Museum in Goztepe; the Eyup Toy Workshop, in the grounds of the Zal Mahmud Pasa Mosque, are attempting to revive this old tradition of toy making. Close by and next to the Pierre Lotti Café is a small bookshop that sells souvenirs of this famous writer along with copies of his works.

Circumcision Ceremonies

As Eyup Sultan had a great fondness for children this area is very popular with parents who bring their sons here before they are circumcised. You will see many boys parading around in their white satin outfits and white feather crowns holding white sceptres, not unlike a wizard’s wand.

Getting to Eyup

From the shore road at Eminonu take Bus Nos. 36CE, 44B or 99 or from Taksim Bus No. 55T. The ferry runs from the Golden Horn to Sutluce and from there you walk across the Galata Bridge . Also, if you walk north along the shore, there is a cable car (telerifik) that takes you up to the Pierre Lotti Café and you walk downhill from there to Eyup’s centre.

 

Istanbul Photos

Historical Bosphorus Mansions

Akaretler Istanbul

Sapphire Observation Deck - 4th Levent

Heybeliada Island Istanbul

Eyup Istanbul

Taksim Istiklal Street Istanbul

Istanbul Property For Sale

ISTANBUL

£35,542
Brand New Development in Beylikduzu

ISTANBUL

£340,692
Off Plan 4 Bedroom Apartments

ISTANBUL

£70,290
Completed Development close to E5

ISTANBUL

£74,424
Istanbul Residence Apartments for sale

Turkish Food Recipes

Water Pastry - Pastries

Tea Time Pastry

Hunter’s Kebab - Red Meat Courses

Main Course

Raw Pastry - Pastries

Tea Time Pastry

White Bean Salad - Salads

Cold Meze

Acma Pastry - Pastries

Tea Time Pastry

Lamb Stew with Vegetables - Red Meat Courses

Main Course

x Message Sent