Rustem Pasha's mosque is recognizable by its single minaret and ranks as one of the important mosques to visit while in beautiful Istanbul. The construction plan of the mosque was made by Mimar Sinan, and the interior of the mosque makes it different from the others. The colorful interior with blue tones and floral patterns ranks it among the more beautiful mosques. It is known that Suleiman's grand vizier in XVI Rustem Pasha, born in Bosnia, married the daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, Mihrimah.
The mosque construction project was approved after his death, and Sultan Suleiman personally gave permission. Many believers and visitors to the mosque say that they feel a special sense of peace in this mosque. The tiles that decorate the mosque are mostly blue in tone and there are over 2300 of them. Rustem Pasha wanted to have a mosque that would reflect his power and glory, but his mosque is nowhere near as big and luxurious as Suleimania.
Rustem Pasha greatly contributed to the development of the Ottoman state, he worked diligently on the development of the economy. During his life, he contributed to the construction of important buildings in the Empire, such as mosques, religious schools, and the like in order to reduce his contra-religious legacy, and for the same reason, he wanted to build his own mosque.
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Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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