Ortaköy (literally Middle Village in Turkish) is a neighbourhood, formerly a small village, within the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, located in the middle of the European bank of the Bosphorus. Ortaköy is a cosmopolitan area, with communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews. The neighbourhood hosts many different religious (Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, and other Christian) structures. It is also a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with its art galleries, night clubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants.
Ortaköy's most famous landmark is the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid), usually called simply the Ortaköy Camii (Ortaköy Mosque), almost in the water on the Bosphorus European shore. It was originally built in the 18th century. Later, in the 19th century, the current mosque, ordered by Sultan Abdülmecid and designed by architects (father and son) Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan in Neo-Baroque style, was edificed between 1854 and 1856. The Neo-Baroque style Ortaköy Mosque is a beautifully ornate structure, right on the jetty of Ortaköy, bordering the waters of the Bosphorus, and thus highly visible from the passing boats.
This stately mosque is perhaps the prime example of Baroque architectural style in Istanbul. Constructed in 1853 during the rule of Ottoman Abdulmecid, the mosque was built by Nigoğos Balyan. An earthquake in 1894 severely damaged one of the minarets, and it has since undergone many renovations to prevent collapse. The dome ceiling is covered with colored mosaic tiles and massive windows let an immense amount of light pour into the structure.
Ortaköy Mosque is situated at waterside of the Ortaköy Pier square, one of the most beautiful locations on the Bosphorus. Built by Sultan Abdülmecid in 1854, its architect was Nikogos Balyan who designed it in neo- Baroque style. The wide, high windows let the ever-changing light reflections of the Bosphorus shine in the mosque.