"Ortakoy mosque (Buyuk Mecidiye Camii)" Ortakoy Mosque - Buyuk Mecidiye Camii Tip by hekate

  Ortakoy mosque (Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque)
by hekate

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.

Address: Ortakoy
Directions: At the foot of the Bosphorus bridge on the European side.

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2005
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