Eyup Sultan Mosque is one of the most holy and important mosques in all of Turkey. It is so revered because it located on the site of the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari – who was both a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed, and was killed during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678).
What else is there to see near the Eyup Sultan Mosque?
The tomb of Eyüp is perhaps more interesting than the mosque itself. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30am-4:30pm, it is covered in tile panels from a number of different periods, which create a beautiful, if overwhelming effect. The Eyup Cemetery, which leads up the hill from the mosque, is a pleasant leafy area to stroll through. At the top is the Pierre Loti Café, where you enjoy a Turkish tea or coffee with stunning views out across the Golden Horn (best enjoyed at sunset). The café is named after the French novelist and Turkophile who used to come here for inspiration.
How to get Eyup Mosque
Here is the map you can see how to get to Eyup Mosque. You can take a bus fom Eminonu numbered 99 or 99A to Eyup District.