Photographer's Note

A classic view, a classic photographic subject from Istanbul, the Ortaky Mosque or Mecidiye Camii, and the first bridge of Bosphorus in the background (for a better look at the bridge, ***CHECK HERE***)

"Ortaky Mosque (Turkish: Ortaky Camii), officially the Byk Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdlmecid) in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaky pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.

The original Ortaky Mosque was built in the 18th century. The current mosque, which was erected in its place, was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdlmecid and built between 1854 and 1856. Its architects were Armenian father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan (who also designed the nearby Dolmabahe Palace), who designed it in Neo-Baroque style. Within the mosque hangs several examples of Islamic calligraphy executed by the Sultan Abdlmecid himself, who was also a hattat (master calligrapher).

The wide, high windows let the ever-changing light reflections of the Bosphorus shine in the mosque."

Istanbul-2010 Cultural Capital of Europe

ΥΓ. Μαζί με το σημερινό φύλλο της εφημερίδας "ΕΘΝΟΣ" (Σάββατο 23/5/2009), κυκλοφορεί η 14η έκδοση του ένθετου περιοδικού "EXPLORE NATURE" με ταξιδιωτικό οδοιπορικό στην Κωνσταντινούπολη, καθώς και η 4η έκδοση της "ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΕΘΝΟΥΣ", με θέμα την Άλωση της Πόλης. Θα δείτε πολλές από τις φωτογραφίες που έχω ήδη ανεβάσει στο ΤΕ και ακόμα περισσότερες "ανέκδοτες".

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