Yeni Camii
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This mosque was positioned on a hill overlooking the harbor at Eminonu. Today, the local pigeons make their home in its graceful domes and arches.
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Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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  • Jenny C
    London, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Mosque
    5000 mosques in Istanbul alone. Go & see this one without fail. It is breathtaking. Respect the work & love it took to build this. If you are covered properly, robes will be provided
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, New Jersey991 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    The "New" Mosque somehow feels not as huge inside as it appears on the Eminonu waterfront. It also has a wider color range in interior paint compared with other well-known mosques, well worth stepping in. Keep in mind that mosques are off-limits to visitors for about an hour around each service.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 6, 2023
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serenity!
    It’s been several years since I last stepped foot in the ‘New Mosque’ (Yeni Camii). I’d forgotten just how beautiful this mosque is. It’s odd to experience such peace, quiet, and tranquility in the midst of one of the noisiest areas in Istanbul! Very conveniently located next to the Spice Market and across the street from Eminönü Pier. The term ‘new’ is a relative term, given that its construction was completed in 1663. It’s ‘new’ relative to the Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. One of my favourite mosques!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty tiled mosque
    This Mosque is also known as the New Mosque though it dates from the 1600s. We were coming down from the Süleymaniye Mosque and chanced upon it. It is yet another Ottoman imperial mosque. It is located on the southern end of the Galata Bridge near the Spice Bazaar. The square building is in a paved square where pigeons congregate because you can buy pigeon food. Thirteen fairly steep steps lead up to one of the entrances. The courtyard has a small fountain, marble flooring and has the same Iznik tiles on the walls. From here you can see the blue tiled external roofs of the domes. The internal structure is a central dome, four half domes and four smaller corner domes as well as domes along the outside walls and courtyard. The lower interior is decorated in white, blue and green Iznik tiles while the ceiling is painted with red and green designs. The dome is a bit more sparse with decoration but the walls leading to it are richly decorated. I like these happenstance encounters and found the blue tiles pretty. If you liked the Blue Mosque you might like this smaller version.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
  • Sandy1949
    3,446 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-inspiring
    Inside, the Yeni Camii mosque is beautiful, awe-inspiring, peaceful . It's covered in colourful tiles. . It is uncrowded, no queues to get it in, although it does close at prayer times. IMO it's better than the Blue mosque and without the crowds.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2024
  • Shaun L
    Clanfield, United Kingdom2,750 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful at nigh time
    At night time the lights that shine on this mosque by the waterfront at Eminonu are amazing. So picturesque and indeed photogenic. You'll probably stumble across it a few times whilst in Istanbul but for us it was the night scene that stood out.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2024
  • Sukanya D
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oasis of Calm.
    Right next to the Spice Bazaar (Istanbul), this mosque is an oasis of calm. The construction of the mosque began in 1597. It was ordered by Safiye Sultan, who was the wife of Sultan Murad III and later Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) of Sultan Mehmed III. later, a fire ravaged it but it was renovated by another Queen Mother Turhan Sultan, mother of Sultan Mehmed IV. Lots of feminine influence here! I found the mosque to be small, more intimate, less overpowering and possessing a fluid grace. The ceiling was a sight from which I could not tear my eyes away. They say the Iznik tiles are inferior to those found in other mosques, but honestly as a tourist, I was just as fascinated! It was such an anti-climax when I exited the mosque into the square out side that was heaving with tourists...I just wanted to run back inside. Small or not, I strongly recommend that a visitor NOT MISS paying a visit. After that, if not defeated by the crowds (I was) a stroll sampling local cuisine or making purchases at the Spice Bazar may be add-ons.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2024
  • Wei Bing L
    Ipoh, Malaysia450 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit if you are walking around the Area
    My Uncle & I visited Istanbul for the first time in June 2024. We alighted the tram at the Eminonu tram stop and were walking around the area when we decided to enter the Yeni Mosque(Yeni Camii). Istanbul is an enormous city with over 3000 mosques(large, medium & small). The Yeni Mosque is considered to be a medium-sized mosque and the interiors also have Iznik mosaic tiles, like those found on the interior of the Sultanahmet Mosque(Blue Mosque). Although this mosque cannot be compared in size and fame, to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the Yeni Mosque is a good place to calm your mind down and escape from the frenzy of human activity right outside, in the Yeni Square. This mosque is located next to the Spice Bazaar(Egyptian Bazaar) and not too far away from the Grand Bazaar.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2024
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Wei Bing L
Ipoh, Malaysia450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My Uncle & I visited Istanbul for the first time in June 2024. We alighted the tram at the Eminonu tram stop and were walking around the area when we decided to enter the Yeni Mosque(Yeni Camii). Istanbul is an enormous city with over 3000 mosques(large, medium & small). The Yeni Mosque is considered to be a medium-sized mosque and the interiors also have Iznik mosaic tiles, like those found on the interior of the Sultanahmet Mosque(Blue Mosque). Although this mosque cannot be compared in size and fame, to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the Yeni Mosque is a good place to calm your mind down and escape from the frenzy of human activity right outside, in the Yeni Square. This mosque is located next to the Spice Bazaar(Egyptian Bazaar) and not too far away from the Grand Bazaar.
Written July 10, 2024
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Sukanya D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Right next to the Spice Bazaar (Istanbul), this mosque is an oasis of calm.
The construction of the mosque began in 1597. It was ordered by Safiye Sultan, who was the wife of Sultan Murad III and later Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) of Sultan Mehmed III. later, a fire ravaged it but it was renovated by another Queen Mother Turhan Sultan, mother of Sultan Mehmed IV. Lots of feminine influence here!
I found the mosque to be small, more intimate, less overpowering and possessing a fluid grace. The ceiling was a sight from which I could not tear my eyes away. They say the Iznik tiles are inferior to those found in other mosques, but honestly as a tourist, I was just as fascinated!
It was such an anti-climax when I exited the mosque into the square out side that was heaving with tourists...I just wanted to run back inside.
Small or not, I strongly recommend that a visitor NOT MISS paying a visit.
After that, if not defeated by the crowds (I was) a stroll sampling local cuisine or making purchases at the Spice Bazar may be add-ons.
Written June 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This Mosque is also known as the New Mosque though it dates from the 1600s. We were coming down from the Süleymaniye Mosque and chanced upon it. It is yet another Ottoman imperial mosque. It is located on the southern end of the Galata Bridge near the Spice Bazaar. The square building is in a paved square where pigeons congregate because you can buy pigeon food. Thirteen fairly steep steps lead up to one of the entrances.

The courtyard has a small fountain, marble flooring and has the same Iznik tiles on the walls. From here you can see the blue tiled external roofs of the domes. The internal structure is a central dome, four half domes and four smaller corner domes as well as domes along the outside walls and courtyard. The lower interior is decorated in white, blue and green Iznik tiles while the ceiling is painted with red and green designs. The dome is a bit more sparse with decoration but the walls leading to it are richly decorated. I like these happenstance encounters and found the blue tiles pretty. If you liked the Blue Mosque you might like this smaller version.
Written May 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sandy1949
Plymouth3,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Inside, the Yeni Camii mosque is beautiful, awe-inspiring, peaceful . It's covered in colourful tiles. . It is uncrowded, no queues to get it in, although it does close at prayer times. IMO it's better than the Blue mosque and without the crowds.
Written May 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

bidwisely
Jakarta, Indonesia194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is the very first site that we visited Istanbul during our visit. Since we stayed in Kadikoy, and took the ferry across to the European side, Eminonu was the destination port, and the New Mosque was the first thing that was in front of us. An okay site to visit and immerse on Istanbul beauty, just as a reference later on to realize how much better Hagya Sofia was later on the day. The mosque was close to the Spice Bazaar, so a natural path would find us there next, and then walked our way to Sultanahmet square.
Written April 24, 2023
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK2,750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
At night time the lights that shine on this mosque by the waterfront at Eminonu are amazing. So picturesque and indeed photogenic. You'll probably stumble across it a few times whilst in Istanbul but for us it was the night scene that stood out.
Written May 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It’s been several years since I last stepped foot in the ‘New Mosque’ (Yeni Camii). I’d forgotten just how beautiful this mosque is.

It’s odd to experience such peace, quiet, and tranquility in the midst of one of the noisiest areas in Istanbul!

Very conveniently located next to the Spice Market and across the street from Eminönü Pier.

The term ‘new’ is a relative term, given that its construction was completed in 1663. It’s ‘new’ relative to the Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, and Hagia Sophia.

One of my favourite mosques!
Written March 28, 2024
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Jenny C
London, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
5000 mosques in Istanbul alone. Go & see this one without fail. It is breathtaking. Respect the work & love it took to build this. If you are covered properly, robes will be provided
Written August 10, 2023
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Ambassador105561
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Location is near to spice bazaar and rustum pasha mosque in the center of buzle &hustle easy to reach from eminonu tram with very beautiful look to golden horn & galata tower worth to visit

Mahmoud Yamani
Jordan
Written August 7, 2015
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Gilbert G
Dubai, United Arab Emirates122 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
If you are planning to take the 10AM Bosphorus Cruise near the eminonu or walk around the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, then a visit to this mosque is a must.

This mosque is more intimate than Blue Mosque. The layout and design is similar to Blue Mosque as conceptualized by the imperial architect.

Few Tips:
- Blue Mosque was more photogenic outside. New Mosque actually more photogenic inside. Since it is smaller, you'll have the chance to photograph and see the details.
- The corridor areas are open, you'll see more metal work details here.
- If you like pigeons, bring some seeds for feeding.
Written November 16, 2012
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