Ortaköy, a nice place to visit in Istanbul. A good place to stop for tea or coffee, a snack or a meal, some boutique window-shopping or a rest.
The Bosphorus village of Ortaköy was a popular resort in the 19th century. Today, Ortaköy is a part of the metropolitan Istanbul, a fashionable place to live, winter or summer. Ortaköy lies just beneath the western pylone of the Bosphorus bridge, one of the two bridge that connect the European and Asian banks of Istanbul.
Ortaköy Mosque is situated at waterside of the Ortaköy Pier square, one of the most beautiful locations on the Bosphorus. Built by Sultan Abdülmecid its architect was Grabed Balyan, assisted by his son, Nikogos Balyan. The date of construction of the mosque is under debate; some scholars attribute its construction to 1853-1854, others to 1864. Designed in a neo- Baroque style, its wide, high windows let the ever-changing light reflections of the Bosphorus shine in the mosque.