Rustem Pasha Mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque which is located in Tahtakale, Eminonu is a 16th century Ottoman Mosque. It is known to have the best examples of handmade Iznik tiles, not only inside but outside the mosque as well.

Famous architect Mimar Sinan built it in 1561 by the order of Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha. Different from other works of Mimar Sinan, it is very fancy. The feature which makes it fancy is undoubtly beautiful Iznik tiles. This mosque is tiny because, at that time it was impossible to build a mosque that might be a rival to the mosques dedicated to the Sultans. Yet this mosque is impressive!

It is considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in Turkey.


Eminonu is one of the most central districts of Istanbul. It is a 20 minutes walk from Sultanahmet. There are buses from all over European Istanbul. Do not forget that Eminonu and Sirkeci are almost the same location when speaking about transportation, in case somebody mentions Sirkeci instead of Eminonu.

You can take can also take the ferry from almost all main points of Istanbul such as Besiktas , Uskudar , or Kadikoy and get off at Eminonu port.

Rustem Pasha Mosque on Istanbul Map