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Grand Eyup Sultan Tour

Discover the Grand Eyup Sultan Tour, a cultural journey through Istanbul's historical gems. Visit the iconic Eyup Sultan Mosque, one of the oldest and most significant mosques in Turkey. Explore the rich history and architectural beauty of the mosque, built on the tomb of Abu Eyup el-Ensari, a close friend of the Prophet Muhammad. Continue your tour with a visit to Pierre Loti, a picturesque hill offering breathtaking views of the Golden Horn and the city. Conclude your trip at Miniatürk, an open-air museum showcasing intricately crafted miniature models of famous landmarks from Turkey and around the world. Immerse yourself in Istanbul's vibrant culture and history with this unforgettable tour.


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A Half Day Day Tour for Whole Family!

Istanbul, with its rich history and cultural heritage, beckons travelers with a plethora of captivating attractions. Among the city's many architectural marvels and historical treasures, the Eyup Sultan Mosque stands as a testament to Istanbul's religious and cultural significance. As the oldest and most revered mosque in the city, it holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors.

The Eyup Sultan Mosque holds deep historical roots, as it was built on the tomb of Abu Eyup el-Ensari, a close companion of the Prophet Muhammad. During the first Arab siege of Constantinople from 674 to 678, Abu Eyup fell ill and passed away while carrying the banner of the Prophet's army. His last wish was to be buried within the walls of Constantinople, but as the siege prevented his friends from breaching the city's defenses, they laid him to rest near the Golden Horn. Sufi letters inscribed on his tomb read "Tomb of Ebu Eyyub," perpetuating his memory throughout the centuries.

Immersive Experience through Religion History

To truly appreciate the historical significance and architectural grandeur of the Eyup Sultan Mosque, embark on the Grand Eyup Sultan Tour. This half-day tour offers an immersive experience, allowing you to delve into the mosque's rich past and explore its awe-inspiring design. A local guide will accompany you throughout the journey, providing insights into the mosque's significance and sharing captivating stories.

Your cultural exploration continues with a visit to Pierre Loti, a hill named after Julien Viaud, a renowned French writer who resided in Istanbul. This picturesque location offers a unique atmosphere, where you can soak in breathtaking panoramic views of the Golden Horn and the city's historical buildings. Pierre Loti Hill has become a popular destination for tourists seeking a serene escape and a chance to admire Istanbul's beauty from a high vantage point. Indulge in delicious dishes at the hill's charming restaurants while immersing yourself in the romantic ambiance that surrounds you.

To complete your tour, visit Miniatürk, an extraordinary open-air museum spanning 60,000 square meters. This captivating museum features meticulously crafted miniature models of famous structures from Turkey and various parts of the world. Each miniature is painstakingly handmade, showcasing intricate details and remarkable craftsmanship. Explore the museum's vast collection of miniatures, from iconic landmarks to historical sites, and gain a unique perspective on the world's architectural wonders.

The Grand Eyup Sultan Tour offers a remarkable journey through Istanbul's cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history as you visit the Eyup Sultan Mosque, admire the panoramic views from Pierre Loti, and marvel at the intricately crafted miniatures in Miniatürk. With the guidance of a knowledgeable local guide, you will gain a deeper understanding of Istanbul's historical and cultural significance. Embark on this unforgettable tour and experience the soul of Istanbul.

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Highlights
  • Visit Eyüp Sultan Mosque, the oldest and most important mosque in Istanbul.
  • Explore the mausoleum of Ebu Eyup el-Ensari with sacred artifacts.
  • Wander through Eyup Cemetery, the resting place of notable figures.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Horn from Pierre Loti Hill.
  • Experience the romantic ambiance of Pierre Loti, inspired by a French writer.
  • Discover Miniaturk, an open-air museum of famous structures in miniature.
  • Admire scaled-down versions of iconic landmarks like Hagia Sophia.
  • Appreciate the intricate details in the miniature recreations.
  • Explore diverse architectural styles from Turkey and around the world.
  • Gain insights into Istanbul's vibrant culture and rich history.

Included
  • Pick-up from your hotel to the starting point of the tour
  • Visit Eyüp Sultan Mosque, the oldest and most important mosque in Istanbul.
  • Explore the mausoleum of Ebu Eyup el-Ensari, a sacred site with intricate Iznik tiles and the footprint of Prophet Muhammad.
  • Wander through the Eyup Cemetery, the final resting place of notable figures.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Horn and historic landmarks from Pierre Loti Hill.
  • Free ride by Sky Tram to visit Pierre Loti (one-way)
  • Immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere of Pierre Loti, inspired by the renowned French writer Julien Viaud.
  • Discover the fascinating world of Miniaturk, an open-air museum showcasing miniature replicas of famous structures.
  • Admire scaled-down versions of iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar.
  • Appreciate the attention to detail in the miniature recreations, including carvings, minarets, and tiled facades.
  • Experience the diverse architectural heritage of Turkey and the world in a single location.
Not Included
  • This is a Half-Day tour combined with Miniaturk, Pierre Loti, and Eyup Sultan Mosque.
  • Pickup is available only from hotels in Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Sirkeci, Laleli, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş and Şişli areas.
  • Since there are other passengers in the group Pick-Up process could take 1 hour or more depending on hotels location.
  • This tour needs a reservation in advance.
  • Drop off is in Miniautrk Museum, not in your hotel.
  • Drinks and Meals are not included
  • Personal expenses are not included
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
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Exploring Istanbul's Cultural Gems: A Journey to Eyüp Sultan Mosque, Pierre Loti, and Miniaturk

Istanbul, a city brimming with historical marvels, offers a myriad of captivating destinations to delve into its storied past. Among these remarkable landmarks, the Eyüp Sultan Mosque stands as a must-visit site for those seeking a cultural tour in Istanbul. With its distinction as the oldest and most important mosque in the city, it holds a significant place in Turkish history and spirituality.

The roots of Eyüp Sultan Mosque trace back to the tomb of Abu Eyup el-Ensari, a close companion of the Prophet Muhammad. During the first Arab siege of Constantinople from 674 to 678, Abu Eyup fell ill and passed away outside the city walls while carrying the Prophet's army banner. Following the siege's conclusion, in accordance with his dying wish, he was buried near the Golden Horn. The tomb bears the inscription "Tomb of Ebu Eyyub" in Sufi letters, marking its sacred significance.

Discover the Oldest Mosque in Istanbul's Rich History

Embarking on this half-day tour, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the architectural grandeur of the Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Designed by the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, the mosque showcases impressive craftsmanship and a sense of scale that leaves visitors in awe. Its central dome, measuring 17.5 meters in diameter, is complemented by two half domes, creating a harmonious architectural composition. Inside, the mosque's honey-colored brickwork, plush carpets, and exquisite crystal chandeliers add to its captivating ambiance.

Adjacent to the mosque, you will discover the mausoleum of Ebu Eyup el-Ensari, which holds immense religious significance. Adorned with intricately designed Iznik tiles, the walls of the mausoleum exude an air of tranquility. Additionally, the presence of Prophet Muhammad's footprint further adds to the spiritual aura of this revered site. As you wander through the Eyup Cemetery nearby, you will witness the final resting place of notable figures, including grand viziers, court officials, military personnel, and intellectuals.

Soak in Breathtaking Views from Pierre Loti and Dive into the Miniature World at Miniaturk

Continuing this extraordinary journey, the tour takes you to the picturesque Pierre Loti Hill, named after the renowned French writer Julien Viaud. This charming location, nestled in the district of Eyüp, offers panoramic vistas of the Golden Horn and the city's historic landmarks. Pierre Loti himself found inspiration in Istanbul, writing his novels within the confines of a coffee shop on this very hill. Today, visitors can savor delicious dishes at local restaurants while relishing the romantic and unique atmosphere that surrounds them.

From Pierre Loti Hill, your adventure leads to Miniaturk, an open-air museum that promises to transport you to a world of miniature wonders. Sprawled across 60,000 square meters, this captivating museum features meticulously crafted replicas of famous structures from Turkey and around the globe. Every miniature has been painstakingly created with remarkable attention to detail, showcasing the architectural marvels that define our world's heritage.

As you wander through the enchanting exhibits, you will encounter scaled-down versions of iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Witness the intricate carvings, delicate minarets, and beautifully tiled facades, all meticulously recreated in miniature form. Miniaturk allows you to travel through time and space, appreciating the diversity and grandeur of the world's architectural heritage in a single location.

Embark on the grand tour of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, Pierre Loti, and Miniaturk to immerse yourself in Istanbul's cultural gems. From the historical significance and architectural splendor of the Eyüp Sultan Mosque to the panoramic views from Pierre Loti Hill and the captivating miniature world of Miniaturk, this journey offers a unique blend of spirituality, natural beauty, and artistic craftsmanship. Let this unforgettable experience become your gateway to Istanbul's vibrant culture and rich history.


Frequently Asked Question

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 with you.
Is it obligatory to take off shoes at mosque entrances?
Yeah! Remember that this is also a place of worship, so you must take off your shoes at the entrance.
Are mosque entrances paid? Do I have to pay an extra entrance fee?
No! 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?
Yeah! You can hear azan 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 three different architects. These architects were Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Mimar Sinan, one of the famous architects of that period, and Uzun Hüseyin Efendi.

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