Monday, 21 May 2012

Rüstem Paşa Camii (Mosque), Istanbul, Turkey

We had been told about this Mosque by a lovely couple we had met over dinner.  It took us a while to find and we had walked right past it, we did not realise until we turned round and saw the dome of the mosque towering over the shops and streets.   Here you can see Rüstem Paşa Mosque in the foreground, the L-shaped building, with the small domes, below, are some of the shops of the Strawmat Weavers Market.  In the background you can see the Blue Mosque.


Here you can see the door way which takes you up a flight of stone steps to the courtyard of the Mosque.


In the right top corner of this picture you can see the courtyard of the Mosque.  The shops below and around the Mosque were intended to financially support the Mosque.


Rüstem Paşa Mosque was constructed between 1561 to 1563, it was designed by the Ottoman Imperial Architect for the Greatest Minister of the Sultan, Rüştem Paşa who was married to the daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent.

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The Mosque is best know for the large quantities of Iznik tiles, these tiles were produced in the Anatolia town of Iznik between the late part of the 15th Century until the end of the 17th Century.

This photo shows the Mihrab, a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and therefore the direction that Muslims should face when praying.



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If you get the chance visit some of the smaller Mosques, mostly you will have the Mosque to yourself to fully appreciate your surroundings, unlike the more popular Mosques, where you find yourself standing shoulder to shoulder with the crowds of visitors.



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Here you can see the Minbar, which is the pulpit in the Mosque where the Imam stands to deliver his sermons.


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The stained glass windows in here have simple, but colourful designs.



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Here you can see a section of the wooden ceiling which was in the recess around the edges of the Mosque.


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