Rustem Pasha Mosque & Complex

Rustem Pasha Mosque & Complex

Rustem Pasha Mosque was built by mid-sixteenth century Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha, and it is one of the most beautifully decorated mosques in modern-day Tekirdag. Made of limestone, it is usually characterized with Sinan's architectural mastery. In addition to its decorative entrance way lined with ivory on walnut wood, the mosque features geometric motifs on doorways.

The mosque, covered bazaar, madrasah and complex of library that still exist today. It is mentioned in various sources that the complex was once a caravanserai and soup kitchen.

Rustem Pasha Mosque & Complex

There is no architectural decoration in the mosque except for a few plaster reliefs of flowers and wreaths on the dome. The floor plan is simple, with a rectangular mihrab (a niche indicating the direction to Mecca). Side mirrors and balustrades around the raised marble pulpit are decorated in geometric patterns. The concave walls of main space, as well as openings along the drum that hold up the dome show their original bright color. A single minaret against northeast wall, which linked by an arched passage to front door with entrance porch on a southwestern corner belongs to small polygons was been built adjacent domed structure.

The library, bath and madrasah in the east are in ruins. The covered bazaar with 6 domes on the west is intact and was restored by the General Directorate for Foundations. The tomb of Rustem Pasha, who had the mosque built, is located in Şehzade Mosque Garden in Istanbul . A bazaar was added to side facing Marmara Sea by Prefect's Office as a new covered bazaar.