About Istanbul Cemetery of the Great Eyup

In the conquest of Istanbul in the 15th century, the tomb of Eyup-el-Ensari was discovered in the small village up where the Kağıthane and Alibey streams meet at the head of the Golden Horn. Since then, so many wished to be buried near or beside the saint.Cemeteries were established by beautiful cypress trees. Pilgrimages and religious ceremonies centering on the mosque and mausoleum of Eyup became a part of life of the town.

Be sure to take a break from gravestone-ogling at the famous Peerre Loti Café, where a well-known poet spent his days, seeking inspiration. During full moon, so visitors have attested to, the view of the town from the café’s terrace is unforgettable.

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