Rüstem Paşa Mosque

Address: Hasırcılar Caddesi, Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey

- Free


Lovely small mosque rich with colourful İznik tiles.

It’s not famous Ottoman architect Sinan’s Istanbul masterpiece – that would be the newly renovated Sülemaniye Mosque, also well worth a visit – but this tiny 16th century mosque is one of the city’s most beautiful. Both the façade and the interior are covered with floral and patterned tiles in a riot of colours. The tucked-away location above the shops of Eminönü (the entrance is on street level, and can be a bit tricky to find) also gives the mosque a unique feeling.

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Expert tips

Visitors should dress and behave respectfully inside mosques and avoid entering at prayer times, especially during midday prayers on Fridays.

While you’re in the area, explore the maze of shops behind the Spice Bazaar, where locals buy everything from clothes to kitchenware, then stroll past the fishermen on the Galata Bridge and stop (preferably around sunset) to watch the boats go by while drinking a cold Efes beer at one of the bar/restaurants on the lower deck.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Art
  • Design and architecture