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Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Ortaköy Mosque)

Mecidiye Mh., Beşiktaş, Istanbul

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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