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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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An unusual mosque

The Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul has a very interesting and fascinating history. It was built on the funds of the Ottoman Vizier - the wife of the daughter of Sultan Suleyman... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul has a very interesting and fascinating history. It was built on the funds of the Ottoman Vizier - the wife of the daughter of Sultan Suleyman the First - Mihrimakhom. Every tourist who ever visits this mosque can confidently say that it is not always possible to find the entrance to it. This is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've seen this mosque before and loved it, but when I asked the shop keeper at street level how long it would be closed, he said, "Five years - major repairs." I don't know how official that is, but it was definitely locked up tight.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted to see the beautiful Iznik tiles of this mosque, but the mosque had been under restoration and the whole building was covered with grey cloths. I don't know when the restoration is over. What is certain is that you cannnot see the beautiful tiles until they finish the restoration.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually visited in October 2015 but the date column doesn't go back that much. Anyway, I think this is my most fav one of the many mosques I've seen in Turkey. There's nothing special about it looking from the outside. Just a small, grey like most of the other grander mosques. Coming from the back street of Spice Bazaar and... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Come for the tiles, stay for the chandeliers. This hidden treasure is well worth a visit (there is a bit of construction starting now, though). The blues are stunning. The old tiles are beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

A smaller, older mosque across the Galata Bridge which is not as popular as the other more grander mosques but inside it is famous for its tiles. You will see the mosque listed in guide books and is worth seeking out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Beautifully designed and built. The exterior is exquisite and the interior very comfortable and pleasant. Such peace and harmony.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

big mosque facing the galata bridge after long walk in uskudar we came back to eminonu and was time for prayer we did and you get out very fresh to continue the walk to the amazing street

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Doesn't have the grandeur of Sulemaniye or the Blue Mosque, but the interior of this mosque has the most exquisite tile work. Its tiny in comparison to its more famous compatriots but that adds to its charm, as you can get up close to the tiles and see the individual brush strokes on each hand-painted masterpiece. This mosque is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is not a huge mosque, but the ceramic tiles adorn the walls are very special and beautiful. Just fell in love with the colours of the ceramic tiles. It's located in one of the busiest shopping districts of historical downtown area.

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