Boğaz Turu Bosphorus
One-hour boat tour up the Bosphorus from near Ortaköy Mosque, generally leaving in the afternoon and evening, with departures as...
Fehime Sultan Yalı
Once home to a daughter of Sultan Murad V, this huge ruined yalı was built in the 1880s and extensively damaged by fire in 2003. It is...
Hatice Sultan Yalı
Once home to a daughter of Sultan Murad V, this red-roofed yalı under the Bosphorus Bridge functioned as a school, orphanage and sports...
An Ortaköy offshoot of a popular Cihangir venue, Kiki offers a mix of DJs and live sets, cocktails and antipasti platters.
Originating in the southeastern region of Maraş, dondurma ( Turkish ice cream) has a distinctive chewy texture, thanks to its unusual...
İskele Meydanı · interesting places nearby
Ortaköy Mosque information
This elegant baroque-style structure was designed by Nikoğos Balyan, one of the architects of Dolmabahçe Palace, and built for Sultan Abdül Mecit I between 1853 and 1855. The modern Bosphorus Bridge looms behind the recently restored mosque, providing a fabulous photo opportunity for those wanting to illustrate İstanbul's 'old meets new' character.
Beneath the mosque's ornate ceiling 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.