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The sixteenth-century imperial architect Sinan’s masterpiece, below the far end of the Hippodrome, is famed for its superb Iznik tiles – there are fewer than at the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, but they are in perfect harmony with the architecture. The mosque is built on the side of a hill, which Sinan used to theatrical effect. When you arrive, enter the courtyard from the front gate, where the domes of mosque and ablution fountain are beautifully framed by the arched gateway. Especially beautiful in the rain.
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