Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul
The city of Istanbul has been called the “City of Minarets” and the capital of mosques due to the large number of mosques in it. The Ottoman architecture is distinguished by its unique design. The Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul is one of the most important landmarks of Istanbul and the best example of the beauty of the ancient Ottoman architecture
in the Eyup Sultan Municipality on the European side of Istanbul. The Eyup Sultan Mosque is located, and is the first mosque in Istanbul
and is one of the most famous tourist places in Turkey and has a special place for all residents
The mosque and the surrounding area were named after the great companion Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, who is believed to have been buried near the site on which the mosque was built.
Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, a great companion, who had many exploits
The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, stayed in his house when he came to Medina as an emigrant from Mecca. And he stayed with him for a month until he built the mosque and the dwellings around him. Abu Ayyub was a soldier in the Umayyad army during the seventh century AD, where he was buried when the Muslims attempted to storm Constantinople. But they did not succeed in their attempt, when Abu Ayyub al-Ansari died, he recommended washing his body and burying it at the closest point to the walls of Constantinople.
Tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari in Istanbul
The narration says that one of the sheikhs accompanying the Ottoman army saw in his dream a place near the walls of Constantinople and that it contained the tomb of the companion Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. Sultan Muhammad immediately asked to build a mosque near the place and add several sections to it.
The history of this mosque mentions that it contained a ‘hockey’ that was used by students from different countries. It provided them with food, housing, and education. The mosque includes a restaurant for the poor, and a Turkish bath, architecture flourished around it, and trade was active. The mosque is the fourth holy Muslim place for Turks after Mecca, Medina and Al-Quds Al-Sharif and is located in a large and crowded area where many people gather to perform prayers.
In the middle of the inner courtyard, and in a way adjacent to the building that embraces the mausoleum, is a rectangular courtyard surrounded by an iron fence. And extending inside the square is a giant old tree that is said to have existed since the death of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. And in every corner of the wall there is a salsabil from which visitors drink and believe that this water is blessed.
In the first courtyard of the mosque there are several fountains. Near the ablution places for men, in addition to the graves of several important figures in the Ottoman Empire
Eyup Sultan Mosque…a unique architectural masterpiece
Eyup Sultan Mosque is an architectural masterpiece distinct from all mosques in Istanbul, and it is one of the most famous tourist places in Istanbul, frequented by many tourists from different countries of the world
It is one of the first points of religious tourism in Turkey. The mosque is characterized by unique floral decorations inspired by the style of architecture in the Abbasid era, in addition to the gilded gates and windows in the tribal
The mosque contains an old wooden minbar with two old Ottoman banners on it.