Istanbul was on the top of the list of places I wanted to visit. With so many sites to see here, it was one of those places I was in a hurry to visit.
Ive always heard about the history and sites of this place as well as the relaxed atmosphere and hospitable people.
There is a lot to do in Istanbul such as visiting the elegantly constructed Sultanahmet Mosque [aka The Blue Mosque], walking around the historic Hagia Sophia and then stepping into history in the fascinating Topkapi Palace.
Whilst we visited all these places, one place that took my interest when researching Istanbul was the Eyup Mosque. What took me by interest specifically was the fact that Abu Ayub al-Ansari RA – the neighbour and very close companion of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH – is buried within the precinct of the Mosque. Abu Ayub RA was a resident of Madina and actually supported the Prophet Muhammad PBUH in more than one way when he migrated from Makkah to Madina.
We had to go and pay our visits. When we reached, the place felt calm and serene. Everyone around seemed cheerful and positive. The weather that day was tranquil and there were many options close by to the Mosque for eating.
The Mosque is beautiful outside and inside. Spacious on the outside as well as the inside. You can sit here for hours relaxing. With food right outside the walls of the Mosque, its easy to end up spending the entire day here.
Its easy to reach. If you’re around in Istanbul it is a must visit. Not only is it a great addition to your itinerary, but because of where it is located, you will have the opportunity to travel on a ferry.
You can walk here, take a taxi as well as take a ferry. I would recommend taking a ferry. With breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, you’ll really snap a chance to see Istanbul from a distance; a site like no other!
Name of Mosque: Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Location: Located around 9KM [5.5 miles] from Sultanahmet Mosque (Google Maps)
Hours: Open for the five daily prayers as well as in between prayers.
Some more important info on getting there by ferry:
Get on the ferry at Eminonu (pier is to the left of Galata Bridge in front of bus stops) and get off at Eyup pier. It may be tricky to find the ferry. Once you arrive into Eminonu, simply ask someone working at the ferry terminals or the bus station and they should be able to help. The ferry will cost you around 3TL-5TL [prices may have changed as we visited in 2016]
Everyone is welcome to visit!
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