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Rustem Pasha Mosque

altThe Rustem Pasha Mosque was designed by famed architect Mimam Sinan and built between 1561 and 1563.  It's namesake was Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha, a son-in-law of Suleiman the Magnificent.  The mosque is relatively small, paling in comparison to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.  Since Pasha was only the Grand Vizier, he could not build anything that would come close to surpassing them.

Instead he opted to make his mosque opulent.  The smaller scale is more than made up for by the magnificent Iznik tiles that adorn the interior.  Iznik is a small town in western Turkey that specialized in producing some of the world's finest pottery.  The tiles in this mosque were created at the peak of Iznik's prowess.  The mosque is built to an octagonal plan, and features a single minaret and dome.

Few foreigners visit this mosque, and it can be difficult to find in the labyrinthine streets of old Istanbul.  It's more than worth the effort, though.  The tiles are truly unique, some of the finest in the world.  The surrounding streets are bustling with shops and restaurants.  The Rustem Pasha Mosque is just a few blocks from the Eminönü bus and ferry station.

Location: Hasircilar Caddesi, Eminönü
Admission: Free admission.

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