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Once a small village on the Sea of Marmara at the entrance to the Bosphorus which leads to the Black Sea. Ortakoy sits just across from the Asian Continent. There you stand in Europe looking at Asia just a short boat ride or car ride if you take the bridge to Uskudar.

I love going to Ortakoy with its little Mosque on the Sea side and its restaurants. Though it is well within the City nowadays it feels like the countryside. It is nice to go for lunch and just look at the Asian Coast and think that just up the Bosphorus is the Black Sea, not all that far away.


The Tower of Leandre built in 408 BC by Alcibiade. A lovely legend surrounds this tower, one with Greek Gods and the other about a Turkish Sultan and his daughter, both tragic but lovely nonetheless.


Restaurants in Ortakoy


Büyük Mecidiye Camii or Ortakoy Mosque




The Inside of the Mosque, Turkish Neo-Baroque, C.1854


Quiet street in Ortakoy


Yes it snows in Istanbul, a cold day on the Bosphorus where the bridge to Asia has disappeared in the fog.