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“Visit this and the Spice Market at the same time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rustem Pasha Mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque
Hasircilar Carsisi | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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“Visit this and the Spice Market at the same time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Located above the Egyptian or Spice Market in Sultanahmet (district Eminonu) this mosque, is known for its outstanding tile. Using many different designs of blue and white with touches of red, the tiled walls of this mosque gives it a different feel from many of the others. It is a little gem.

Visited September 2013
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“Lost and found :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were lost in the spice bazaar trying to find the Suleymaniye mosque, when one of the shopkeepers whom we asked for directions suggested that we also stop by Rustem Pasha mosque that happens to be right in front of his shop :)
We wouldn't have ever guessed that there's a mosque in this place, the entrance is really easy to miss.
He told us that this mosque is pretty different than all the other mosques because of the tiles used to decorate it. And he was right, it is quite small compared to the others , but definitely different, even the atmosphere inside was different, and the tiles were so beautiful.
Don't wait till you get lost in the spice market to visit this mosque, plan ahead, and go !!

Visited February 2013
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“One of my favourite sites in Istanbul;gorgeous tiles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I enjoyed my visit here much more than my visit to the more famous Blue Mosque.

It is on a smaller scale and there are fewer visitors.We arrived just after reopening after the lunchtime closure.

The tiles are gorgeous and , unlike the Blue Mosque you can get right up close to admire them.

As with other mosques,ladies remember to take a head covering like a scarf and dress modestly although they do have loan items for this purpose.

Visited October 2013
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“Authentic sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a mosque very close or even within the spice bazaar. If you go to Süleymaniye first, consider walking from there to the spice bazaar. Before getting into the oofed part of th spice bazaar, keep your eyes open for the entrance and then walk up the stairs from the caotic bazaar streets and into a peaceful court. The praying area is nice, but what really hits you is its location among the busy bazaar streets

Visited October 2013
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“Neat little mosque”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

It's kind of hidden near the spice market but if you go on line you can find out how to get in. You will need a head cover and you have to remove your shoes, it's a smaller mosque but bluer than the blue mosque inside.

Visited October 2013
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