Istanbul Travel Guide

Rustem Pasha Mosque

  • Rüstem Pasha Mosque is famous for its beatifull tiles.

  • Mosque is famous for its beatifull tiles.

  • Mosque is the first example of Archtitect Sinan building a mosque to an octagonal plan.

  • The mosque niche and the pulpit made of marble.

  • Arches are supported by octagonal elephant feet.

  • The ceiling of the mosque contains a central dome, the diameter of which is 15.50 meters.

Rüstem Pasha Mosque is one of  most important structures making up İstanbul’s skyline. Situated on a high platform with a commanding view of the city. And Rüstem Pasha  Mosque is the first example of Archtitect Sinan building a mosque to an octagonal plan.

Famous for its tiles
Rüstem Pasha was one of the Grand Viziers of the Ottoman Empire and married to the daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent, Mihrimah Sultan. The Mosque was damaged in the Great Fire of 1666 and the earthquake of 1776.  İt is famous for its beatifull tiles. A portion of these valuable tiles have been stolen.

The ceiling of the mosque contains a central dome, the diameter of which is 15.50 meters. The base of the dome contains 74 windows, and its arches are supported by octagonal elephant feet. İznik tiles were commonly used in the interior design of the mosque.  The mosque niche and the pulpit made of marble.

Useful Information for Rustem Pasha Mosque

Address Hasircilar Çarsisi; Eminönü
Fast Facts Because the mosques are the sacred places for muslims, there are several cases needed to be paid attention during visits; 1. Mosques must be visited between the prayer times. If you come across the prayer times, you can visit the mosque after the community leaves. 2. Women come to mosques by covering their heads with scarves while the men wear coifs before going in. It should be paid attention to costumes while visiting a sacred place like a mosque, especially in summer times. 3. Shorts should not be worn by men and women during the visits of mosques and tombs because costume is an important point to be paid attention in visiting sacred places.
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