Rüstem Pasha

This is an Ottoman Turkish style name. Rüstem is the given name, the title is Pasha, and the family name is Opuković.
Rüstem Opuković
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
28 November 1544  6 October 1553
Monarch Suleiman I
Preceded by Hadim Suleiman Pasha
Succeeded by Kara Ahmed Pasha
In office
29 September 1555  10 July 1561
Monarch Suleiman I
Preceded by Kara Ahmed Pasha
Succeeded by Semiz Ali Pasha
Personal details
Born c. 1500
Skradin, Croatia, Ottoman Empire
Died 10 July 1561 (aged 60–61)
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Nationality Ottoman
Spouse(s) Mihrimah Sultan (m. 1539–61)
Religion Catholic, converted to Islam
Ethnicity Croat

Rüstem Pasha Opuković (Turkish pronunciation: [ɾysˈtem paˈʃa]; Ottoman Turkish: رستم پاشا; Serbian: Rustem-Paša Opuković c. 1500 – 10 July 1561) was a Croatian or Serbian-born[1] Ottoman statesman. He served as the grand vizier of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Rüstem Pasha is also known as Damat Rüstem Pasha (the epithet damat meaning "son-in-law" to the Ottoman dynasty) because of his marriage to one of the sultan's daughters.


The Rüstem Pasha Mosque (center), overlooked by the Süleymaniye Mosque (upper right) dedicated to Suleiman the Magnificent.

Of Croatian or Serbian[2] descent, Rüstem Pasha's birthplace was Skradin, a town today located in Croatia. He was taken as a child to Istanbul, where he built a military and bureaucracy career. On 26 November 1539, he married Mihrimah Sultan, the daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent and Hürrem Sultan. Rüstem Pasha held the title Grand Vizier twice, first from 1544–1553 and second from 1555–1561, until his death. As Grand Vizier, he collected vast wealth. He spent a chunk of his wealth raising public buildings, mosques, and charitable foundations. At the time of his death in Constantinople on 10 July 1561, his personal property included 815 lands in Rumelia and Anatolia, 476 mills, 1700 slaves, 2,900 war horses, 1,106 camels, 800 Qur'ans, etc.

The Rüstem Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Rüstem Paşa Camii) is an Ottoman mosque located in Hasırcılar Çarşısı (Strawmat Weavers Market) in Fatih, Turkey,[3] which was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha. It was built between 1561 and 1563.[4]


Together with Mihrimah Sultan, he had three children; one daughter and two sons:

In the acclaimed Turkish television series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, he is portrayed by actor Ozan Güven.

See also



  1. Eugenio Alberi, Relazioni degli ambasciatori veneti - serie 3 - vol. 1; pages 88 and 89
  2. Eugenio Alberi, Relazioni degli ambasciatori veneti - serie 3 - vol. 1; pages 88 and 89
  3. Hammer-Purgstall, History of the Ottoman Empire
  4. Faroqhi, Subjects of the Sultan.


  • Lybyer, Albert Howe (1913). The government of the Ottoman empire in the time of Suleiman the Magnificent. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. OCLC 1562148. 
  • Denny, Walter B. (2005). Iznik: The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-51192-6. 
  • Faroqhi, Suraiyah (2005). Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire. I B Tauris. ISBN 1-85043-760-2. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Hadım Süleyman Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
28 November 1544 – 6 October 1553
Succeeded by
Kara Ahmed Pasha
Preceded by
Kara Ahmed Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
29 September 1555 – 10 July 1561
Succeeded by
Semiz Ali Pasha
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