After Mecca and Medina, the Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Turkey is one of the most revered places among Muslims.
The mosque is titled after Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari, whose tomb is located in the same place. He was one of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Companions. The Place of the Grave was determined by Akşemsettin, the master and mentor of Mehmed the Conqueror, in 1453, right after the conquest of Istanbul and five years later, the mosque was built there.
Since its build, the mosque has maintained its significance. In the Ottoman era, the coronation ceremony took place here, and most sultans visited the Eyüp Sultan tomb as their final stop before engaging in combat. Today, both locals and tourists frequently visit the mosque.
Eyüp Sultan Tomb Visiting Hours and Days: The tomb is open to visitors between 09:30 and 16:00 every day.
Pierre Loti Hill: During your visit to Eyüp Sultan Mosque, there is a cable car and stairs that run from the Golden Horn’s shore to the top of the Pierre Loti Hill, and also by drinking a Turkish coffee and Golden Horn view you can get rid of your tiredness.
How to get to Eyüp Sultan Mosque using public transportation:
You can use 99A and 33ES bus lines (Eyüpsultan Stop) or T5 tram line from Eminönü.
You can take 55T bus line (Eyüpsultan Stop) from Taksim or 55 (Eyüpsultan Stop) bus line from Şişli.
UPDATE MARCH 2022: Linking of HES Code with Istanbul Card is no longer required when using public transportation.
Following the mandatory use of HES code, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality took the necessary steps for the new period of linking HES codes with Istanbulkart. After January 15th, Istanbulkarts without a linked HES code cannot be used on public transportation. Card users can enter their personal information together with their HES Code at the website provided at this post. Linking the HES code to the card can be done easily by entering the required fields on the website.
Princes’ Islands are located in the Sea of Marmara. The name comes from the exiled princes of Byzantine era. Consisting of 9 islands in total, the archipelago is popular both among tourists and locals who want to escape the hustle of the city. Four of the islands are open to public; Büyükada, Heybeliada, Kınalıada and Burgazada. You can take the ferries from Kabataş. It takes about an hour to get to the islands but the ferry ride is quite enjoyable itself.
Princes’ Islands Location:
Istanbul Ferry Lines (Big Ferries) – Ticket Price is 29 TL one way.