Ortakoy Mosque - Buyuk Mecidiye Camii, Istanbul
During our 3 hour cruise along the Bosphorus we passed many outstanding historic buildings including the Ortakoy Mosque. On the outward journey the ferry was close to the Asia side of the Bosphorus and not long into the cruise we passed the Ortakoy Mosque which is perched upon a promotory over the Bosphorus.
The neo-baroque style mosque was built in 1853 for Sultan Abdulmescit.
The most splendid of Istanbul's Baroque mosques, Büyük Mecidiye Camii, was built in 1855 by the Armenian architect Nikoğos Balyan. Adding to the splendour is the mosque's monumental location in Ortaköy, on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait, just beneath the Bosphorus bridge. In designing this mosque, Nikoğos Balyan, who had studied architecture in Paris, is said to have been inspired by its magnificent Opéra Garnier.
Going on a cruise on the Bospherous, one cannot help but notice the Ortaköy Mosque (Turkish: Ortaköy Camii), officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Beþiktaþ, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.
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 Nigoðayos Balyan (who also designed the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace), who designed it in Neo-Baroque style. Within the mosque hang several examples of Islamic calligraphy executed by the Sultan Abdülmecid himself, who was also a hattat (master calligrapher).
The wide, high windows let the ever-changing light reflections of the Bosphorus shine in the mosque.
The Buyyk Mecidiye Camii, often called the Ortakoy Mosque because of its location in Ortakoy, was built in its current form under the orders of Sultan Abdulmecit in the mid-1850s and designed by the Ottoman Armenian Balyan architects who designed a number of places for Adbulmecit, including Dolmabahce Sarayi and Dolmabahce Camii. It is in the 19th-century neo-Baroque style similar to the Balyans' other buildings, with clear Western European influence combined with traditional Ottoman and other elements. It';s not large but is very grand, with rich ornamentation inside and out. Supposedly, some of the calligraphy in the mosque was by Adbulmecit himself.
Ortakoy mosque was the first one we visited in our stay at Istanbul. Its neo-baroque style makes it quite different from the most visited and classic mosques.
The area around was very popular when we visited it in 2004. It was Sunday and there was an open market.
This mosque is along the coast, and with a nearby synagogue and Greek Orthodox Church stands as a symbol of tolerance for other religions.
It was constructed by Nikogos Balyan, between 1854 and 1855 with the order of Sultan Abdulmecid Khan.
This is where the sultans living in the Beylerbeyi Palace used to come and pray.
Buyuk Mecidiye Camii, or more commonly known as Ortaköy Mosque, is a lovely mosque located in the Ortaköy area. The mosque was completed in 1854, and was planned by the same architects of the Armenian-Turkish Balyan family that designed Dolmabahçe Palace. The architecture of the structure is amazing, made of marble, with 2 towering minerettes on either side. Inside the mosque, there is a beautiful crystal chandelier hanging, and the dome is painted with several mosaics, along with some Arabic calligraphy samples completed by Sultan Abdulmecit, the first Sultan to reside at Dolmabahce. The mosque's location right along the shore provides some outstanding views of the Bosphorus, as well as the Bosphorus Bridge, located directly north.
The mosque is located on the shores of the Bosphorus in Ortaköy. It was built in 1853 by the architect, Nikogos Balyan, during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid. The mosque is designed in Baroque style and has a fine location. It is composed of intimate rooms and a private area for sultans. The wide and tall windows were designed to let in light from all around the Bosphorus. It has two minarets each with a single gallery that are be reached by a flight of stairs. The walls are made of white stone. The walls of the mosque's only dome were decorated with pink mosaics. It recess in the wall of the kiblah was made of marble and decorated with mosaics, and the pulpit where the preacher stands was made with porphyry-covered marble.
Probably not too relaxing but with great views is Ortakoy,with its narrow streets,cafes and street vendors.Coming in from the nearby car park you pass the food stalls selling baked potatos amongst other treats,great for a wintery morning.It is popular so you've been warned.
I've seen meetings and live music here at different times as well as lots of pigeons.
When I was walking around Ortakoy I walked around the Ortakoy mosque (Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque). I was impressed by the beauty of the building and decided to dig up some info about the mosque and here is the result:
Some history and facts:
At the point where the Buyuk Mescidiye Mosque stands on Defterdar Point, known by the Byzantines as Kleidion ( Key to the Bosphorus ), there was formerly a small mosque built by Mahmut Aga in 1721.
This was renovated and enlarged in the middle of the same century. Abdulmecit had the present Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque constructed here in 1853.
Abdulmecid's Imperial Monogram appears above the entrance to the mosque designed by Nigogos Balyan. Inscribed on official documents and stamped on metal or glass artifacts, currency and monuments, the imperial monogram served as the sultan's signature.
As with all royal mosques, the mosque consists of two parts, the harem and the hunkar quarters. The broad and tall windows illuminate the interior by reflecting at the same time the varying colours of the Bosphorus. The mosque is flanked by two minarettes, both with a single balcony. The walls of the minarettes have been constructed from white slabs of stones. The interior part of the single dome are decorated with pink mosaics. The prayer niche is composed of marble and mosaics, whereas the pulpit, noticeable for its fine craftsmenship, is composed of marmor covered with porphyry.
Opposite the mosque stands the Grand Vizier Nevsehirli Damat Ibrahim Pasa Fountain built in 1723.
I had taken this picture during a Bosphorus boat trip the last tme I was in Istanbul.
It is one of the most beautiful Mosques , situated in also in one of the most picturesque areas of Istanbul, just by the Bosphorus. It is also known as Buyuk Mecidiye Camisi and was built by Abdulmecit in 1853.
When ever you like to smell the see, when ever you like to have some shopping or when you like to have some tea...Ortakoy is the best address for all of them.
Sunday could be really croded but it's the best day for shopping for the hand made stuff.
Ortakoy Mosque, also known as 'Buyuk Mecediye Camii' is right near the Bosphorus Bridge on the European side and have a magnificant view.
You will not miss it if you travel by boat on the Bosphorus or you crossing the bridge, but you can miss it if you travel by car on Ciragan Cad., so make sure when you near the bridge to stop and take a look.
Also you will find here a nice place to rest, lots of restaurants, bars and tea/coffee houses. People usualy come here on weekends, but it's also crowded everyday.
This elegant Mosque was built for Sultan Abdulmecit between 1854 and 1855. This attractive building which was known as Grand Mediciye Mosque, presents the features of Baroque and Rokoko styles. Ortakoy Mosque was often visited by the Ottoman Sultans who came there fro Friday prayers.
you will love the environment.. full of street sellers.. colors just play with each other.. perfect views from the cafes around.. also try kumpir (potatoes) in ortakoy!!!