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Rustem Pasha Mosque

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Address: Hasircilar Carsisi | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
Description: One of the smaller mosques in the city, it was built by Rustem Pasa in...
One of the smaller mosques in the city, it was built by Rustem Pasa in 1561 and is noted for the very fine tiles covering the interior and exterior walls.
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Nice to see, hidden and small

This is a small mosque, wich you have to look for thoroughly in between the spicemarket/bazaarshops. When you have found the entrance it's nice to take the effort to take off your... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is a small mosque, wich you have to look for thoroughly in between the spicemarket/bazaarshops. When you have found the entrance it's nice to take the effort to take off your shoes and look around. It'll only take you a few minutes. I like it that the mosque is low key and still in daily use.. (So please be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Well worth visiting for peaceful escape from the busy market. Exquisite tile interior. Very quiet and wonderful mosque.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Very small hidden Mosque some where near the Egyptian(Spice) Bazaar. More impressive blue tiles and very serene and peaceful . No crowds so you can just take it all in. Definitely not to be missed if in Istanbul.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Often overlooked this beautiful mosque has recently undergone restoration and is renowned for the beauty and importance of the Iznik tiles used in its decoration. Drop in for some peace and quiet after visiting the Grand Bazaar and don't forget to walk round the side to Rustem Pasha's Hamam, which is now a furniture warehouse - superb marble interiors on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Sure. You're a tourist. They told you to go to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya, maybe to Yeni Cami. But this mosque needs to be on your list as well. It is probably one of the most beautiful mosques in the world, and the tiles--so historic and gorgeous--must be seen. Read up on tile work before you got, just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

i guess the most beautiful mosque in istanbul with tulip designed tiles, from 16 th century by the master arcitect sinan, very close to spice bazaar market too

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A fabulous place to see ottoman design iznik tiles up close. Smaller but much less crowded than the blue mosque.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Visited after seeing the Blue Mosque - in heavy snow! Rustem Pscha is near the Spice Raker and not easy to find (up sme steps through a small entrance off narrow busy market street) Very quiet and more impressively blue than the more popular Blue Mosque. Would recommend asking the way from the Spoce Market - it's worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Small size mosque (comparing to othes), not so known and a bit difficult to find (near Yeni Mosque, just ask a local to point you the entrance) but it's very beautiful because it is covered all with blue iznik tiles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was the first mosque we went to - definitely see before the bigger mosques in Istanbul otherwise it may be a bit disappointing. But if you start in the spice bazaar, as we did, it's close and worth a stop. It was hard to find; we passed the door the first time. It's just a cement hole in the... More 

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