Eyup Sultan Mosque Audio Guide

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Have you visited Eyüp Sultan Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Turkey?

Istanbul has a plethora of places to visit as a result of its rich history. The city has it all: museums, mosques, fortresses, you name it. The historical mosques are among the most popular tourist attractions, and our pick for today is the Eyup Sultan Mosque. It is a must-see if you are planning a cultural tour in Istanbul because it is the city's oldest and most important mosque. 

Plan your itinerary and visit this beautiful time at your own pace. Listen to the specially curated Audio Guide prepared for your journey by your Pass!

About The Eyup Sultan Mosque Audio Guide

Mobile ticketing - No need for printed voucher, we're digital!

Duration - Approximately 20 Minutes

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Audio Guide - English

 

Highlights

Enjoy an independent self-discovery with a specially prepared audio guide

See the great architecture of the Eyup Sultan Mosque while listening to its history

Learn why it has always been an important mosque and witness it while you're there

Feel the soul of the old city!

 

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Profesional Audio Guide in English

 

Eyup Sultan Mosque

Thanks to its rich history, Istanbul has more than enough places for you to visit. Museums, mosques, fortresses, you name it, the city has it. One of the most popular places that attract tourists is the historical mosques, and our pick for today will be the Eyup Sultan Mosque. As it is the oldest and the most important mosque in Istanbul, it is a must-go if you are planning a cultural tour in Istanbul.

Eyup Sultan Mosque was built on the tomb of Abu Eyup el-Ensari, who was a close friend of the Prophet. During the first Arab siege of Constantinople from 674 to 678, he fell ill and died outside the walls while bearing the banner of the Prophet’s army. He asked his friends to bury him deep inside Constantinople after the siege was over. Though they failed to breach deep into the walls, they did bury him by the Golden Horn and honored his request. After Mehmet the Conqueror took Istanbul in 1453, he asked his spiritual advisor – the Shaykh al-Islam – Akshemsuddin to find the location of Eyup el-Ensari’s burial place. After looking for the tomb for a week, one day Akshemsuddin passed out and saw a dream. Upon waking up, he claimed that the tomb was on the spot where he would lay the carpet for prayer. They found the tomb after some digging on the spot he stated. On the tomb, it said “Tomb of Ebu Eyyub” in Sufi letters.

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Hours & Meeting

Eyup Sultan Mosque is open to visitors seven days a week.

Summer Season (April 1 - September 30)

8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Winter Season (October 1 - March 31)

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The last visitor entrance to the Eyup Sultan Mosque is 30 minutes before closing time.

Visiting Hours on Fridays:

Visits begin at 2:30 PM.

Prayer Closures:

The mosque is closed to visitors during noon and afternoon prayers.

The mosque is closed 30 minutes before the call to prayer and 15 minutes after the prayer concludes.

How To Get There?

Eyüp Sultan Mosque is easily accessible from both Taksim and Sultanahmet using public transportation. Here's how:

From Taksim:

Bus: This is the most convenient and budget-friendly option. Take a bus departing from Taksim Tünel station towards Eyüpsultan (every 10 minutes, 16-minute journey).

Taxi: The fastest option, especially if you have luggage. A taxi ride from Taksim Square to Eyüp Sultan Mosque takes roughly 7 minutes but can be pricier depending on traffic.

From Sultanahmet:

Ferry: Enjoy a scenic journey on the Bosphorus! Take a ferry from Eminönü station (near Sultanahmet) towards Eyüp. The journey takes about 45 minutes and offers beautiful views. Once you arrive at Eyüp, the mosque is a short walk away.

Bus: A more direct option. Take a bus from any bus stop in the Sultanahmet area towards Eyüpsultan (routes vary, check signage). The journey might take slightly longer than the ferry (around 1 hour) depending on traffic.

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Important Information

The Audio Guide is in English and accessible through your smartphone.

There is no entrance fee for the Blue Mosque.

This Audio Guide does not include a guided tour. 

When visiting mosques in Istanbul, remember to wear modest clothing (arms and legs covered) and women must cover their hair with a scarf. If you forget to bring your own scarf, you can borrow one from a small stand before you enter the Blue Mosque.

As an active place of worship, the Mosque may be closed for special ceremonies or events without notice.

Photography is permitted inside the mosque, but flash photography is not allowed.

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All About Eyup Sultan Mosque Audio Guide

Following the grave’s discovery, Eyup Sultan Mosque Istanbul was built on the location in 1458. However, even though it was repaired multiple times, it started to decay and was substantially damaged during the big earthquake in 1766. It stayed in a ruinous state for a couple of decades, but in 1798, III. Selim ordered its restoration. The mosque’s construction ended in 1800 and the Eyup Sultan Mosque we know today was created in Baroque style. It got repaired again in 1823 when its minaret on the seaside was damaged from lightning bolts. The mosque got its last repair during Adnan Menderes’ presidency.

During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, many sultans used to come to Eyup Sultan Mosque and pray before big battles. It was also where the coronation ceremony took place for centuries, where new sultans were girded with the sword of Osman.

Inside the Eyup Sultan Mosque

The mosque was built by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Its gorgeous architecture is proof of Mimar Sinan’s talent. The sense of scale, when you enter the mosque, is immense. The dome measures 17.5 meters in diameter and has 2 half domes. The honey-colored bricks that are used in most of the mosque, plush carpets, and beautiful low-hanging crystal chandeliers are also very attractive.

The Sinan Pasha Pavilion in front of the main door was taken down in 1798 while the mosque was being rebuilt. In its place, there is a set that is surrounded by bars, and the set is under the shadow of the famous grand Eyup Sultan Mosque tree. Since Sultan III. Selim was a Mevlevi, there are Mevlevi head scarves over the bars, on the 4 corners of which are 4 fountains. Eyup Sultan Mosque, eyup sultan mosque Istanbul, eyup sultan mosque opening hours, how to get to eyup sultan mosque from Sultanahmet, Eyüp Sultan Mosque & Square, eyup sultan mosque turkey, how to get to eyup sultan mosque from Sultanahmet, eyup sultan mosque/masjid, eyup sultan mosque history

Ebu Eyup el-Ensari’s mausoleum is just next to the mosque too, adding to the religious importance of the place. It would not be a stretch to say that this mausoleum almost attracts more attention than the mosque itself. The wall of the mausoleum facing the mosque is covered by various Iznik tiles. Another famous religious relic that draws Muslims from across the world is the Prophet Muhammed’s footprint.

There is also the Eyup Cemetery near the mosque. Since being buried near the Eyup Sultan Mosque is seen as a big honor, there are the graves of many important people here. Among the Eyup Sultan Mosque burials are grand viziers, court officials, military men, poets, and intellectuals, such as Adile Sultan, Ferhad Pasha, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, and Lala Mustafa Pasha. After Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem, this mosque is the 4th most sacred place for Muslims.

Eyup Sultan Mosque & Square has a very mesmerizing atmosphere, especially during your first visit. It is very clear how this place has been attracting people from different religions and cultures for centuries. People praying in harmony, the gorgeous architecture, packs of cats and pigeons, the adhan in the background, and many different mausoleums, and religious relics all come together to create a feeling of holiness, and it is even more apparent during the Ramadan month.

You can visit the many small shops around the Eyup at the end of your trip to buy small Islamic gifts and wares like Qurans and prayer beads if you want to remember this mystic trip all your life.

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Eyup Sultan Mosque Audio Guide Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Compulsory to Wear a Turban at the Entrance of Eyup Sultan Mosque?

No, but it is pretty common for female visitors to hide their hair as recommended in Islam. Therefore, you should have a turban or a scarf with you.

Is It Obligatory to Take Off Shoes at Mosque Entrances?

Yes! Remember that this is also a place of worship, so you must take off your shoes at the entrance to keep the venue clean.

Are Mosque Entrances Paid? Do I have to Pay an Extra Entrance Fee?

No, all mosques are free to enter! All members of the Istanbul Tourist Pass can attend contracted museums and excursions free of charge. If you want to have an economical and smart travel experience, choose the Tourist Pass®!

Is The Call to Prayer Still Being Announced From the Eyup Sultan Mosque?

Yes! You can hear ezan from the mosque five times a day. You don't want to miss this magical experience!

Who Are the Architects of Eyup Sultan Mosque?

Eyup Sultan Mosque stands out compared to other mosques with its two different architects. These architects were Mimar Sinan, and one of the most famous architects of that period named Uzun Hüseyin Efendi.

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