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Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque

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Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque: A Magnificent Fusion of Styles on the Bosphorus

The Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque, officially known as the Büyük Mecidiye Camii or the Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid, is a striking architectural gem nestled on the European shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque was built by Nigoğayos Balyan in request of Abdülmecit (1839-1861) in 1853. It consists of a two-storey sultan apartment with a plan of “U” shape, main venue with a square plan which is covered with a single dome. Built in a location dominant to the Bosphorus, and approach with a palace fastidiousness to the appearance bring a symbolic attribute to the structure. Sliced façade with mounting columns which are enriched by carvings and reliefs give a very dynamic appearance to the mosque.Two rows of large windows provide a good illumination to the main venue.

One of the most captivating features of Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque is its prime location. It offers an unrivaled view of the Bosphorus Bridge, connecting the two continents, and the Asian shores of Istanbul. This scenic setting has made it a beloved spot for both locals and tourists, attracting people from all walks of life to its vibrant shores.

The mosque also holds significance as a symbol of Istanbul’s rich cultural diversity. It welcomes people from all walks of life, emphasizing the city’s historic role as a melting pot of cultures.

Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque’s ability to seamlessly blend diverse architectural influences and serve as a unifying symbol of Istanbul’s inclusiveness has made it an iconic and cherished landmark. Visitors flock to this mesmerizing structure to experience its architectural brilliance and to soak in the beauty of the Bosphorus while enjoying a cup of Turkish tea or a traditional snack at the nearby stalls. Ortakoy (Grand Imperial) Mosque is more than a place of worship; it’s a living testament to Istanbul’s cultural richness and a must-visit destination for those exploring the city’s unique charm.


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