Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec
I love the small and beautiful Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Camii in Turkish).
Officially the name is Büyük Mecidiye Camii – Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid.
This house of prayer is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosporus. The building was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856. Its architects were Armenian father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan (who also designed the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace and the Dolmabahçe Mosque).
After several years of cleaning and restoration the mosque has been unveiled and stands in its old splendor on the shore of the Bosporus.
Just behind it you see the First Bosporus Bridge (Boğaziçi Köprüsü in Turkish). The bridge was completed in 1973, 50 years after the start of the modern Republic of Turkey.
It is one of two suspension bridges spanning the strait in Istanbul, connecting Europe and Asia (the other one is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which is called the Second Bosphorus Bridge.) The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). A third Bosporus bridge is under construction.