Ottoman architecture of Eyup Sultan Mosque a Point for Tourists

eyup-sultan-mosqueEyup Sultan Mosque is located in Eyup district in Istanbul. It was constructed in 19th century. The mosque has historical significance because it has a marked area where Eyup al-Ansari who was the friend of Holy Prophet Muhammad is buried. The complex of the mosque was built in 1458 by Ottoman. The mosque went into carcasses by the end of 18th century due to earthquake. In 1798 whole structure was laid down and rebuilt by Sultan Selim III except its minarets. The whole renovation was completed in 1800.


Eyup Sultan was died in 670s during first Arab siege of Constantinople. The Ottoman architecture highly attracts visitors towards itself. A number of panels with Iznik tiles are present on mausoleum which is facing towards mosque. They were put in different time’s frames from 1798-1799. The vestibule to the mausoleum are also decorated with Iznik tiles and sealing wax red slip. Blue and turquoise Iznik tiles can also be seen at British Museum which are alike to the ones used in mosque.

In the surroundings of Eyup Sultan Mosque there are small shops, fountains, little boys can be seen playing and a large number of beggars. The main attraction that draw pilgrims towards the mosque is the hidden burial site. The Girding of the Sword ceremony also takes place at the mosque. The mosque holds both the architectural value and its religious significance. It is highly sacred for Muslims. It is also evident that people gather to this holy site and pray for rain. Famous Pierre Loti Cafe is also present in this district. The view during full moon from Cafe leaves countless memories for tourists.


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