Rüstem Paşa Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

  March 01, 2022   Read time 1 min
Rüstem Paşa Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
It may not have any of the grand architectural proportions of Istanbul's most famous imperial mosque projects, but if you want to admire spectacular Iznik tile work close-up, don't miss a visit here.

Another Ottoman project built by the architect Sinan, the Rüstem Paşa Mosque (Rüstem Paşa Cami) was financed by Sultan Süleyman I's grand vizier Rüstem Paşa.

The Iznik tile panels here, with their floral and geometric designs, decorate both the mosque's exterior wall and its interior. Because of the mosque's more human scale, it's more possible here to examine their delicate artwork rather than be dazzled by the sheer scale and amount of tile work.

The mosque is set above street level, so it doesn't reveal itself easily to casual passersby. A nondescript staircase from the street, brings you up and out onto the terrace in front of the mosque.

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