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One of the smaller mosques in the city, it was built by Rustem Pasa in 1561...

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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Small but beautiful

It was hard to find the entrance as the spice bazaar (well more like a regular bazaar than a spice bazaar) was so crowded and loud. We went up the stairs and there were only a few... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was hard to find the entrance as the spice bazaar (well more like a regular bazaar than a spice bazaar) was so crowded and loud. We went up the stairs and there were only a few people praying. Tiles were beautiful and you can buy postcards with photos with tiles from the mosque very cheap.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You won't spent a lot of time here but it's a nice decorated place to visit. No entrance fee I believe, so if you're into this a must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as I mentioned in my other reviews there are some mosques that are unique in Istanbul and you should see. this one is another one.

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Thank Sina H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first mosque we visited in Istanbul and by far our favorite. It's right next to the Spice Market and it was surprising to find the mosque completely empty. Rustem pasha is much smaller than the others we visited, and perhaps that's why the typical candelabra style lighting worked so very well. It gave the interior and almost... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here with our tour guide, and it provided a great contrast from the larger mosques. It felt much more like a place where you could pray, vs the larger mosques which were intimidating. Don't miss the tile work here, which I think is called Idzak tile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the mosque to visit if you want to see great iznik tile work. As usual with mosques, be mindful of prayer times. As with most mosques in Istanbul, you will be asked to cover your head/shoulders with a scarf (if you are a woman) and possibly you legs if they are bare (men and women) and to remove... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is located in the middle of a very crowded markets maze, I tried to get to the main entrance for more than an hour, in vain....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This mosque is lesser-known than ts Sultanahmet counterparts, but not any less beautiful. Rustem Pasha Camii sits under the shadow of the famous Suleymaniye. Known for its 80 different kinds of wildly-colorful Iznik tiles, the most lavish for a mosque in Istanbul! Worth getting lost for in dodgy alleys and walking around the Grand Bazaar & Spice Market for more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this mosque as part of a day 2 tour recommended by private tours and we were very pleased . This mosque it's interior covered with some of the most exquisite Iznik faience tiles ever produced. We were given opportunity to take pictures and they gave us free gifts including beautiful quoran in both English and arabic

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a relatively small mosque in Istanbul standard. But the interior is very nice. It is in a busy market area and the entrance is not as prominent as other mosques. But we loved the mosque.

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