Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul - view from Bosphoros tour

The ornate Ortakoy Mosque was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856. Ortakoy was a cosmopolitan area during the Ottoman era and is still a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with its art galleries, night clubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants.


Ortakoy was a resort for the Ottoman rulers because of its attractive location on the Istanbul strait, and is still a popular spot for residents and visitors. The village is within a triangle of a mosque, church and synagogue, and is near çirağan Palace, Kabataş High School, Feriye, Princess Hotel.  The name Ortaköy reflects the ortakoy istanbul strait fairy chimneys travel university students and teachers who would gather to drink tea and discuss life, when it was just a small fishing village. These days, however, that scene has developed into a suburb with an increasing amount of expensive restaurants, bars, shops and a huge market. The fishing, however, lives on and the area is popular with local anglers, and there is now a huge waterfront tea-house which is crammed at weekends and holidays.