Every afternoon, ferries leave from the iskele behind the Ortaköy Mosque and sail to Anadolu Hisarı and back (approximately one hour).
Occupying a three-storey mansion on the water's edge near Ortaköy Meydanı, this glam venue is a safe bet if you want to have dinner, a...
Next to Çınar, this branch of the popular ice-cream chain is packed on weekends, when locals stop by after checking out the flea market....
İskele Meydanı · interesting places nearby
Ortaköy Mosque information
This elegant baroque structure was designed by Nikoğos Balyan, one of the architects of Dolbabahçe Palace, and was built for Sultan Abdül Mecit I between 1853 and 1855. Today, the modern Bosphorus Bridge looms behind it, providing a fabulous photo opportunity for those wanting to illustrate İstanbul's 'old meets new' character. This mosque was being restored at the time of research.
Within the mosque hang several masterful examples of Arabic calligraphy executed by Abdül Mecit, who was an accomplished calligrapher.
The mosque fronts onto İskele Meydanı, the hub of this former fishing village and home to a pretty fountain and waterfront cafes. On weekends the square and surrounding streets host an unremarkable but popular street market.