Rüstem Paşa Mosque (Iznik tiles)

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The Rüstem Paşa Camii is yet another Ottoman mosque, completed in 1563, and located in the Fatih district (the historic peninsula) by the Golden Horn (Haliç). Designed by Mimar Sinan (our old pal) for Grand Vizier Rüstem Paşa (husband of Mihrimah Sultan, who was the daughter of Süyleman the Magnificent). This mosque is not at street level, but built over a series of shops connected to the Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı). You would miss the entrance stairway if you weren’t looking for it. This mosque makes extensive use of Iznik tiles, the most of any mosque in Istanbul. These photos are from the exterior of the building, under the domed arcade, but Iznik tiles are used throughout the interior, as well.

Egyptian Bazaar vendor calls

Here are two vendors in the Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı), a.k.a. the Spice Bazaar. The market is located next to the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) in Eminönü on the historic peninsula. The first selection is a lokum (Turkish Delight) vendor. The second is a walnut vendor. The lokum vendor has a regular shop; the walnut vendor has just set up his walnut bins on the street. They were both doing brisk business after sundown on a Saturday evening.