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Walk from Eyüp to Mehmet the Conqueror

Posted on 27 July 2011

Fontain at Selim Yavuz mosque. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Visit the tomb of the holy Eyüp Ensari, the friend and standard bearer of the Prophet Muhammad, outside the old city walls and walk towards the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. You can walk along the path that is the last leg of the Sultans Trail, a fascinating new long distance walk from Vienna to Istanbul. You will find the stickers with withe/red arrows on lamp posts, doors and walls along the streets!

Eyüp village, beyond the Byzantine city walls of Istanbul, is the place where Eyüp Ensari is buried. He was born as Khalid ibn Zayd ibn Kulayb in Yathrib, later renamed to Medina by the prophet Muhammad. Eyüp is from the biblical name Job.

His tomb after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem is one of the holiest places of Islam and therefore a place of pilgrimage for Muslims from all over the world.

After visiting the mausoleum, the mosque and the other tombs you will walk towards the old city walls that fortified Constantinople for centuries and protected the city against foreign aggressors. You will see the ruins of the old Byzantine palace Tekfur, the beautiful Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (1565) on the top of the sixth hill of Istanbul.

After visiting the mosque of Sultan Selim Yavuz you will arrive at the tomb of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih in Turkish).


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