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Rüstem Paşa Camii (Rüstem Pasha Mosque)

Rüstem Paşa Camii (Rüstem Pasha Mosque) Review

Tucked away in the backstreets just west of the Spice Bazaar, this Sinan masterpiece was built in the early 1560s for Rüstem Pasha, a grand vizier and son-in-law of Süleyman the Magnificent. Though it's unassuming from the outside, this is one of the most highly ornamented of the Ottoman mosques, and you're in for a treat when you step into the interior, where almost every surface but the dome is decorated with gorgeous İznik tiles in a magnificent array of colors and patterns. The mosque—raised on a high terrace that's surrounded at street level by a warren of small shops—is reached via flights of interior stairs in the corners that lead up to a courtyard and portico, the facade of which is also lined with beautiful tiles.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Hasırcılar Cad., south of Sobacılar Cad., The Bazaar Quarter and Environs, Istanbul | Map It
  • Hours: Daily sunrise–sunset except during prayer times
  • Location: The Bazaar Area and Environs
Updated: 11-19-2013

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