Şemsi Ahmed Paşa Mosque

Mosque in Üsküdar

This charming mosque complex on the waterfront was designed by Mimar Sinan and built in 1580 for one of Süleyman the Magnificent's grand viziers, Şemsi Ahmed Paşa. It is modest in size and decoration, reflecting the fact that its benefactor (whose tomb has an opening into the mosque) only occupied the position of grand vizier for a couple of months.

The çay bahçesi next to the mosque has wonderful water views. Inside the mosque complex, the public toilets are remarkably clean.