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Dick Osseman | all galleries >> Istanbul pictures Start page >> Istanbul Mosques >> Ortaköy mosque > Istanbul Ortaköy Mosque along Bosporus 2003 12 10
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Istanbul Ortaköy Mosque along Bosporus 2003 12 10

Istanbul Ortaköy Mosque along Bosporus 2003 12 10

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The mosque is nicely situated at the waters edge. Official name Büyük Mecidiye Camii. Büyük Camii means Big Mosque, and was built on orders of Sultan Mecid I, hence Mecidiye (I first thought it was named after a certain coin, but was put right, thanks to the comment below). The building is from 1854, needs some repair. The high rise in the back is of a more recent date.


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Guest 12-Jun-2008 17:54
The towers show that Istanbul is not afraid of introducing new styles. In fact they emphasise the beauty of the old
serkan 19-Dec-2006 15:50
i think, the two towers where in the back of the picture shameful for city beauty.which stupid company took this concretes at the heart of the city?why anyone didnt protest this idiotic buildings?
Mehmet Ozcan 27-Apr-2005 20:12
Hi Dick,

The word "Mecidiye" refers to the sultan (Abd-ul Mecid the 1st) who was reigned 1839-61. Tho mosk was built during his reign, and therefore, bears his name. Much like "Selimiye" (after Selim the 2nd) in Edirne, and "Suleymaniye" (after Suleyman the magnificent) in Istanbul.

Thanks for the splendid pictures!