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Rüstem Pasha Mosque

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Rüstem Pasha Mosque features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Enchanting mosque
  • Richly colored İznik tiles, inside and out

Time required: 30 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: Dawn - Dusk


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Eminönü stop

Address: Hasircilar Carsisi-Eminonü, Istanbul

Things you need to know:

  • Rüstem Pasha Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul's Eminönü quarter
  • It was built in 1561-63 by Princess Mihrimah in memory of her husband, Rüstem Pasha. Princess Mihrimah was the daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent
  • Rüstem Pasha was an Ottoman General and statesman. He was Süleyman's Grand Vizier (greatest minister of the Sultan with absolute power of attorney)
  • This mosque is famous for the lavish use of Iznik tiles. Large quantity of tiles decorates its walls with a wide variety of geometrical and pretty floral patterns
  • The beautiful potted plants in the courtyard make the place especially enchanting
  • The row of workshops below the mosque was built up to help finance the construction of the temple
  • The architect was Ottoman imperial architect, Mimar Sinan. Like many other mosques, its design was inspired by Hagia Sophia

What to do there:

  • Admire the enchanting mosque from the outside
  • Remove your shoes before entering. Put them on a shelf provided
  • Enjoy the impressive interior decorated with the famous blue Iznik tiles

Tips & Insights:

  • Modest dress is required both for women and men
  • It is considered polite for a woman to cover her head when entering a mosque. We recommend bringing your own scarf
  • The mosque is impressively illuminated in the evening

Rüstem Pasha Mosque features in these preplanned City Guides: