The Rustem Pasa Mosque

The Rustem Pasa Mosque

Rustem Pasa MosqueThe Rustem Pasa Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rustem Pasha (husband of Princess Mihrimah who was one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificient). Its building took place from 1561 to 1563. It is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik Tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, which cover not only the facade of the porch, but also the mihrab, minbar, walls, columns and on the facade of the porch outside. These tiles exhibit the use of a tomato-red color characteristic of the early Iznik period (1555-1620), and no other mosque in Istanbul makes such a lavish use of these tiles.