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Address: Hasircilar Carsisi | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
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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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The glories of Iznik tiling, tucked away near the waterfront

It is amazing that this extensively tiled and friendly mosque has remained intact for nearly 500 years! It is surrounded by the liveliest market activity.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 June 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

It is amazing that this extensively tiled and friendly mosque has remained intact for nearly 500 years! It is surrounded by the liveliest market activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Probably my favourite place in Istanbul. Gives you a tingly feeling. Kept in an original state makes you feel like a trip into the past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

This quaint mosque, hidden away from the hustle of tourists was a great find in one of the market areas. We were able to visit without fighting off crowds of tourists. There is much history to the mosque and even a great kebab place downstairs!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

This mosque is well worth searching for when in the bazaar district. The entrance is an unassuming staircase off the side of one of the bazaar streets. The interior is gorgeous, with amazing tiles all around. It is also much more peaceful and quiet than the other larger mosques, and it offers a nice break from the hustle of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

If time is limited, there are "bigger and better" famous mosques to visit in Istanbul, but if time permits, this smaller more intimate mosque is a gem. I may be wrong but I believe its famous blue tiles are not only beautiful to see and enjoy, but may be historically important because the art of tile making experienced a decline... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

A small mosque, easily missed since it is surrounded by several larger mosques. It is close to the spice market. But, so well worth seeing, it is beautiful, being decorated from floor to ceiling with gorgeous blue Turkish tiles. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Ah the tiles ( Iznik )! Wonderful, no one there because they could not find the two small entrances that lead here ( at the sortie of the Egyptian Bazaar ). Definitely to be seen .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Much smaller than the Blue Mosque and less crowded but the tile work is really exquisite. I personally preferred it to the Blue Mosque and its much more peaceful in here

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Good mosque. Very quiet compared to the crowds in the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. However worth a visit if you are visiting the spice bazaar.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

This mosque has the best Iznik Architecture and is very less crowded. You can spend ample of time admiring the Iznik tile work with out feeling rushed. The steps of the mosque are a bit difficult to find as it is located in a small street of the Spice Market. But just follow the lone Minarat from Eminönü tram stop.

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