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Eyup Mosque and Tombs Istanbul

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Eyup Sultan Mosque

This mosque built here is the site of the tomb of Eyüp Ensari, the standard-bearer for the Prophet Mohammed, and one of Islam’s holiest places. Muslims from the world over make pilgrimage here and visitors should avoid coming on Friday’s out of respect of the worshippers.
The mosque was built by Mehmet the Conqueror to honour Ensari who was killed during the first Arab siege of Constantinople in 674-678. From this a peace treaty was signed following the siege and stipulated his tomb be preserved here.
The mosque later hosted the investiture ceremonies of the Ottoman sultans and the exact site is marked by a raised platform with railings. The original mosque was destroyed by earthquake in the 18th century and the present baroque replacement of light, gold and pale stone with white marble was completed in 1800.
The tomb of Ensari has tiles from many different eras and comprising differing styles and designs of a beautiful and diverse art form.

Eyüp Cemetery and Other Tombs

As the Eyüp area was a popular burial place of the Ottoman VIP’s there are several important tombs located here. The tombs of Sokollu Mehmet Paşa and Siyavus Paşa were built by Mimar Sinan. Sokollu commissioned his tomb to be built in 1574 five years before he was assassinated. Siyavus’s tomb was probably built for his children who all died at a young age. The hills around the mosque are still a popular burial place and are covered in beautiful ornate Ottoman tombs along with plain modern day stones. The cemetery is best seen at sunset with its beautiful views over the Golden Horn and the café there serves its customers dressed in traditional Ottoman costume.  

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