Ortakoy, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey is an amazing city thriving with warm locals, delicious cuisine and of course strong Turkish coffee. Istanbul has been honored as the 2010 European Capital of Culture, which means many travelers from around the world will be flocking to this amazing city over the next 12 months.

When in Turkey’s capital make your way to the neighborhood of Ortakoy. This section of Istanbul played an important role in the history of the Ottoman and Byzantine periods.

Today’s Ortakoy is a bustling area filled with Jews, Christians, Muslims and many other religious individuals living side by side in peace.

Located beside the Ortakoy Pier Square is the Ortakoy Mosque (picture above) built in 1854. This is not only one of the most popular spots for Turks to visit, but it is perhaps one of the most visited locations along the Bosphorus.

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