Rustem Pasha Mosque (Rüstem Paşa Camii)
“The Bluest Mosque” of Turkey
Once you enter this glamorous mosque which is probably the most colorful one in Turkey, you will feel yourself as you are in a divine pool due to it’s rich blue Iznik tiles and witness why we called it as “The Bluest Mosque”.
As a rule in Ottoman Empire, only the mosques commissioned by Sultans (called as “Selatin Mosques”) or by the members of royal family (Ottoman Dynasty) could have more than one minaret. Other mosques made built by the one other than the royal family could only have one minaret.
It was built by architect Sinan for Rüstem Paşa in 1560.
Rüstem Paşa was the grand vizier and son-in-law of Süleyman the Magnificent.
Rüstem Paşa Mosque, “The Bluest Mosque” of Turkey, after a long term restoration process which started in 2016, opened it’s gates for visitors with the Friday prayer on 20th of November 2020.