Rüstem Paşa Camiisi (Rustem Pasa Mosque)

The Rüştem Ali Paşa Mosque, built by the architect Sinan in 1581, is a building which stands out for its distance from the simplicity that generally defined both the period and the architect himself.

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Hasırcılar Sok. Eminönü

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The Rüştem Ali Paşa Mosque, built by the architect Sinan in 1581, stands out from a distance for its elegant simplicity that generally defined both the period and the architect himself. The İznik tiles used in the interior decoration are particularly admirable. The mosque is located in the bustling district of Eminönü.

Over time it has been damaged by an earthquake and fires. It was repaired during the reign of Mustafa II and, in the course of these repairs, a part of the original was torn down.

Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. It comes from the Arabic word 'masjid' which literally means "a place for prostration". Mosques are also places where Muslims come together for different purposes such as education, social gatherings, public meetings, exhibitions, lectures etc. Although there is no specific requirement for mosques in terms of their architecture, one can see some common features inside and outside of many mosques such as minarets, domes, ablution areas, prayer niche (mihrab), pulpit (minbar) and so on.

Muslims are obliged to perform the ritual worship 5 times a day. They are not required to attend a mosque for each of these prayers however in order to interact with the community they are encouraged to pray in congregation. Friday noon is the only time in a week when Muslims must definitely join the congregational prayer in a mosque after which they can continue their work, education or other commitments.

Azan or the call for prayer is a vocal announcement that one can hear from minarets 5 times a day. The call to prayer is made live -even early in the morning- by a person called 'muazzin'. The muazzins are usually chosen from people with loud and beautiful voices and trained over years to make this announcement beautifully and invite people to worship.
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