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New openings in 2024

The St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye) is re-opened after years of restorations as a mosque and a museum.

Entrance fees in 2024

As of 1st of March 2024, many State museums' fees are set in Euros, to be paid its equivalent in Turkish Liras.

Museum Pass

You can buy the "Museum Pass" for foreigners which is valid for 5 days in various museums of Istanbul.

Museums open 7 days

Many State museums in Istanbul operate 7 days a week, except Topkapi Palace.

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Eyup Sultan Mosque

Eyüp Sultan Mosque, built at Eyup neighborhood on the shores of the Golden Horn, was built in 1458 but was subsequently repaired many times. It is dedicated to Abu Ayyub al-Ansar, one of the companions of the prophet Mohammed. It was built on the site of Eyup's martyrdom outside the city walls in the 7th century, when Constantinople (Istanbul) was besieged by the Arabs.

The mosque has a rectangular plan and has a total of 2 minarets. It has 21 domes, the largest of which is 17.5 meters (57 feet) in diameter. It was a mosque where sultans once girded themselves with swords and prayed before going on expeditions. The final version of Eyup Sultan Mosque seen today mostly dates back to the early 18th century. During the reign of sultan Ahmet III, when the mosque was damaged probably due to an earthquake, it underwent a major restoration by renewing its two minarets. In 1798, the entire structure except the minarets was demolished and was rebuilt during the reign of sultan Selim III.

In the courtyard of the mosque there is a centuries-old plane tree, a fountain for ablution, and a fountain structure to provide water to the people. Right next to the mosque there is the Eyup Sultan's mausoleum and many Ottoman cemeteries around it.

Eyüp Sultan Camii

Open daily except during prayer times.

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