Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Beyond the ancient city walls on the south bank of the Golden Horn, this stately mosque—one of Istanbul’s most sacred Muslim sites—is flanked by massive cemeteries. Named for the prophet Mohammed’s legendary companion, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, on whose tomb the mosque was purportedly built in 1458, the site has since become a necropolis—the most desirable burial ground in the city. The area around the mosque is a fantastic, spooky landscape of nacreous fountains, tombs, bathhouses, mansions, and pavilions—punctuated only by gnarled old cypress trees, flocks of birds, and praying crowds. Catch the ferry or hire a river taxi to get there from Eminönü: A river taxi should cost about 30 lira round trip.