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On the right of the Ortaköy seaside square, sits the pretty Neoclassical Ortaköy Mosque. Originally built in the 18th century, the current mosque was ordered by Sultan Abdülmecid I in the 19th century and designed by the father-and-son architects Karabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğos Balyan (who also designed the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace). Its front was renovated between 1854 and 1856. Inside, Abdülmecid, who was a master calligrapher, hung examples of his own work.
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