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The famous Ortaköy Mecidiye Mosque has reopened its doors

on 10/06/2014

Ortakoy and Bosphorus Bridge

After over 3 years of restoration the famous Mecidiye Mosque in Ortaköy has officially reopened its doors on June 6, 2014 during the Friday prayer.

The Neo-Baroque mosque is situated only a few metres away from the first Bosphorus bridge. It was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid I and built by Armenian architect Nikogos Balyan who also built the famous Dolmabahçe Palace. Its particularly beautiful location makes it one of Istanbul’s most representative buildings.

The mosque was built in 1854 and its construction lasted 2 years. At the time Ortaköy was a fishermen’s village.

Its fine and harmonious marble interior is particularly light and agreeable due to the proximity of the Bosphorus.

The mosque’s foundations were fragilized by an earthquake in 1894. The building was first renovated after a fire that happened in 1984.

Its recent restoration cost 3,5 million Euros and was much more thorough. The gracious minarets, the roof, the dome, the superb windows, the wooden doors and the floorboards were all refurbished.

This magnificent building is definitely a must-see whether you are a religious person, or simply want to indulge your eyes.

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