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The mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed V, a little-known monument in Eyüp

on 30/06/2013

The mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed V

Of the countless pilgrims and tourists who visit the district of Eyüp in Istanbul, the majority only visit the cafe Pierre Loti, the mosque and the Eyüp mausoleum.

However, there are many other places of interest, in a relatively small area, including the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed V.

Located on the Golden Horn, near the cable car, lies the vast cemetery of Eyüp which houses the cafe Pierre Loti. One must not be indifferent to the elegant neo-classical architecture of the building.

Built in 1913-1914 by the famous Ottoman architect Kemalettin, this octagonal mausoleum, made of stone and marble, is home to, among others, the tomb of Mehmet V, the 35th and penultimate Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Mehmet RESAD, third son of Sultan Abdülmecid I, was born on November 2, 1844 on the shores of the Bosphorus, in the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, now converted into a luxury hotel.

At the age of 64, he came to power for a period of a little over 9 years. Mehmet V, which was also the 114th caliph gave his last breath at Yıldız Palace July 3, 1918.

14 windows allow natural light to highlight the magnificent dome of the mausoleum as well as the Kütahya ceramics adorning all the walls which were constructed by Hafiz Emin. In the middle stands the tomb of Mehmet V surrounded by two other graves. In one of these lies his first wife, Kam-Res and in the other lies Necmeddin, a son conceived with another of his wives.

The mausoleum is usually open to the public daily from 8:30 am – 16:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

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