Ortaköy Mosque

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Ortaköy Mosque
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Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge
Basic information
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Geographic coordinates 41°2′49″N 29°1′37″E / 41.04694°N 29.02694°E / 41.04694; 29.02694
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Garabet Balyan, Nigoğayos Balyan
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Neo-Baroque architecture
Groundbreaking 1853
Completed 1856
Minaret(s) 2

Ortaköy Mosque (Turkish: Ortaköy Camii), officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.


Interior view of the dome

The original Ortaköy Mosque was built in the 18th century.

The current mosque, which was erected in its place, 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), who designed it in the Neo-Baroque style.

Within the mosque hang several examples of Islamic calligraphy executed by Sultan Abdülmecid himself, who was also a hattat (master calligrapher.)

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Coordinates: 41°2′49″N 29°1′37″E / 41.04694°N 29.02694°E / 41.04694; 29.02694