PLACES, SACRED OBJECTS, CONVENTS
mausoleum next to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Istanbul is one of the widely
visited sacred sites. The flag bearer of Muhammed, Ebu Eyyüb Ensari killed here
during the first siege, (672-679) of the Arabs in Istanbul. Sultan Mehmet the
Conqueror built the first mosque and mausoleum in 1458. The mosque as we have
it today, is the form built by Sultan Selim III in the place of the original.
The Ottoman Sultans, after gaining access to the throne, used to have their sword
girding ceremonies here. In the cemetary of the mosque there are many tombs,
each of artistic value, of many important characters of the past.