Rustem Pasha is one of neatest buildings in Istanbul. It differs from other Ottoman mosques in a few ways. First, it's tucked away on a side street near the Spice Bazaar. Second, it's not nearly as large as Sultanahmet or Yeni Camii. Third, the mosque is elevated. Once inside the tile and wood work are exquisite and the feeling of serenity is surprising given how busy the neighborhood is.
While the Blue Mosque overflows with tourists, I suggest stopping by the Rüstem Paşa Mosque, which serves up the same impressive blue-tiled walls, minus all the commotion. With a smaller complex and fewer visitors, you can actually sit down and appreciate the tranquil and spiritual setting.
A real gem - right below sulemanya mosque and next to eminonu
Love this mosque so blue and pretty ❤️
Another beautiful mosque built by Mimar Sinan under Suleiman the Magnificent in 1563 (date when the mosque was completed). Close to the Grand Bazaar this mosque can sometimes be difficult to find, but it is worth the search! Not as large as many other examples of Sinan architecture, but it is cool, breezy, light and more blue than the blue mosque. Somehow being in it's complex drowned out the loud noises of the city and it was a relaxing stop on our trip. Great place to stop and check to clear your mind before entering the craziness of the Grand Bazaar.
The medium-sized works of architect Xinan are rare everywhere. So four stars. I don't think there's much to see except for the use of space.
This is a small mosque, tucked away, down a small street, up a hidden staircase, but worth the search. It is beautiful, not crowded and peaceful.
After this place, we could have a better view of the panoramic results in the decoration, all covered.