CM: Eyoub (Eyüb), beautifully situated at the eastern extremity of the walls of Constantinople, by the harbour, is the holy of holies of the Turks. Its magnificent mosque and cemetery occupy a pictoresque position, overlooking the whole extent of the Golden Horn, and commanding a view far up the Bosphorus. The mosque, built of the purest white marble, is the most sacred and elegant of all the Constantinopotitan temples; for on this spot tradition says that Abu Ayub, the companion-in-arms of the Prophet, was slain, during the siege of the Saracens in 668, a fact which was revealed in a vision to Mahomet II, about 800 years afterwards, who, in commemoration of the event, laid the foundation of the present mosque. Within these walls every Sultan, on his accession, is invested with the sword of sovereignty. No infidel foot is permitted, under whatever pretence, to desecrate the mosque of Eyoub; and Christians are rarely, and always reluctantly, admitted even to the court.
ÖZENDES, ENGIN From Sébah & Joaillier to Foto Sabah: Orientalism in Photography 1999 Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul