The Ortaköy Mosque is a popular destination for travelers to the Bosphorus and is situated in the Beşiktaş District on the waterfront of the Ortaköy Pier Square. Abdulmecid, the Ottoman Empire’s ruler, commissioned the Nigoos Balyan to build the mosque in 1853 (1839-1861). The mosque’s prominence on Istanbul’s European side increased throughout that century as well. The Great Mecidiye Mosque is among the most magnificent displays of Istanbul’s Baroque style, as suggested by its other name.
Mahmut Aga, the son-in-law of Vizier Ibrahim Paşa, built a smaller mosque on the same site as the original. The modest mosque was built in 1721 but destroyed in 1730 as a result of Patrona Halil’s uprising. The spire of the minaret had to be moved because the 1894 earthquake severely damaged the new mosque that had been erected in its place. The building was on the verge of collapsing when it became apparent in 1960, so efforts were made to strengthen the foundation. After the fire in 1984, it was completely rebuilt and still has a regal appearance.
It is made up of the Hünkar Kasr, the sultan’s summer residence, and the Harim, the palace’s holiest chamber. The main chamber in the Harim segment is square and measures 12.25 m along its longest edge. A smaller, central chamber spans the larger one. The ceiling of the Harim area consists of a complex dome topped by a wall covered in pink mosaics. The niche is made of mosaic and white marble, the pulpit is a marble masterpiece with porphyry on top, and the mosque’s minarets are each topped with a single sherefe (minaret balcony). The two-story house with elliptical stairs leading to its northern entrance is called Hunkar Kasr.
The Ortakoy Mosque, which has a view of the Bosphorus and was constructed in the 1800s, is still a well-known structure in the neighborhood.
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