REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Eyüp Sultan Mausoleum

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Eyüp Sultan
This 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.