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
Ortaköy is a cosmopolitan area, with communities of Turks
neighbourhood hosts many different religious (Muslim
, 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.
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.
reputable schools, such as Kabataş Erkek Lisesi and Galatasaray University, are located in Ortaköy. The European pylon of
Bridge, one of the two bridges that connect the European
and Asian banks of İstanbul, is also situated in this
Ortaköy was the site of George W.
Bush's speech during the NATO Summit of
2004, which he delivered at Galatasaray University.
Ortaköy has had an important place in the daily life of the city
during both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Turks, Jews, Greeks
and Armenians still live there peacefully, side by side. In the
16th century, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
the Turks to move to Ortaköy and live there, which marked the
beginning of the Turkish presence in the neighbourhood. One of the
oldest buildings in Ortaköy is the Turkish Bath built by the famous
Ottoman architect Sinan
Mosque, located on the coastal pier square, 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
style, was edificed
between 1854 and 1856.
Sultan Abdülaziz built the Çırağan
Palace in Ortaköy, where he lived for some time.
Çırağan Palace was also used as the Ottoman Parliament building
until it was severely damaged by a fire in 1910. The palace was
repaired and restored in the 1980s and is known today as the
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel, one of the most luxurious hotels in Istanbul
The sporting club of the neighbourhood is Ortaköy Spor Kulübü
one from this area really is familiar with the sporting club.
References and notes
- The Marmara Hotels: The Marmara Esma Sultan Events