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Rustem Pasha Mosque

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Address: Hasircilar Carsisi | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey

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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Visit this mosque if you want to sense how it feels like to walk through a painting!

One of the most impressive and beautiful collections of Ottoman Turkish Iznik tiles anywhere. This is a must-visit mosque if you are in Istanbul. The interior is covered... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most impressive and beautiful collections of Ottoman Turkish Iznik tiles anywhere. This is a must-visit mosque if you are in Istanbul. The interior is covered wall-to-wall with the most amazing Iznik tiles, consequently if you stand in the middle of the mosque which is bathed with light coming from all four directions, you will get a taste... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rustem Pasha Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the area, the most interesting thing that if you look at the tiles detailed you will see all is coplately diffrent to comparing with the other mosques, and the atmosphere in there that you feel is very peaceful, that was nice to see such a place

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really excited to view the tiles here, which my guide book recommended. However, I found the mosque to be under serious renovation in August 2016. Practically every wall was boarded up and unable to be seen by visitors and the prayer space was severely diminished. Save this one for visit at a later date!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the mosque is currently closed for restoration, it is well worth visiting when it is open. It is decorated throughout with the most amazing panels of Iznik tiles, which you can really appreciate as you can inspect them from up close rather than from a distance as in many other mosques. In my opinion, it is one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was how our guide described this place. We were not able to get in the blue mosque so we were brought here instead. Entrance is free. Did not look interesting from the outside. It is located near the Spice Market so we had to wait a few minutes for people to get out after the prayer time. We had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit very nice mosque. Popular place to visit especially busy on holy days. Easy to get to close to public transport

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

It is very busy near Spice Bazaar, but nearby is this beauty. It is a must for those who enjoy Turkish ceramics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I was in Istanbul during June 2016 and went especially to Eminönü on Monday 22 of June to visit Rüstem Pasa Camii, but unfortunately it was closed for restoration works. A paper on its door was mentioning "closed for works" without any other indication about when it will reopen... ((( What a pity! I was so disappointed and sad because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

In amongst all the large, obvious mosques in Istanbul is this somewhat hidden gem, with it's unique tiles. Not worth a trip specially to see it, but if in the are definitely plan an extra hour to swing by it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

I wanted to go to this place because I love ottoman history so I needed to know the mosque of Rustem pasha. I thought it was gonna be just another mosque but I really liked it, beautiful and I think it has one of the biggest chandeliers. I also like the places near it, there are many interesting shops.

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