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Rüstem Pasha Mosque (Rüstem Paşa Camii) in Istanbul’s Eminönü district, is surprisingly in the agenda of few tourists, though in our opinion it is among the city's architectural gems and a masterpiece of Ottoman imperial architect, Mimar Sinan.

Rüstem Pasha who was a Bosnian by birth, was the son-in-law and a grand vezir of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Although competent, he is remembered in history for having plotted with Süleyman's wife, Roxelana (Hürrem Sultan) to denounce Prince Mustafa, Süleyman's son and heir to the throne.

The mosque is tricky to find. The entrance is hidden above market stalls that line the streets of the local market..Although small, it is beautifully proportioned, and both exteriors and the interior is covered in some of the most exquisite İznik faience (colored tiles) ever produced. The tiles were made at the height of Iznik's supremacy.

There are so many historic sights to see in Istanbul that Rüstem Pasha Mosque is often overlooked but we were well rewarded for our visit to one of the hidden gems of Istanbul.

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