The original mosque was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1854-1856. It was designed by architect Garabet Amire Balyan and he used many kind of rococo, baroque, european styles.
This mosque is a Selatin mosque like the other, with two minarets. The significance of it,is the closest mosque to Mecca in europe. It is original name is “Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque” but it is known as “Ortakoy” the name drives from where it is located.It is just next to the Bosphorus bridge which makes it so popular and the one of the well-known figure of Istanbul.