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Ortakoy, Istanbul
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An artsy neighborhood under the first Bosporus bridge, Ortakoy offers trendy boutiques, seaside nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, and many historical monuments. This small fishing village literally "in the middle" of the European Bosporus became a cosmopolitan area during the reign of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenians, and Jews all left their mark on the neighborhood, which features historical baths, palaces, mansions, mosques, a church, and a synagogue. Stop for refreshment at one of the tea terraces overlooking the strait. Do not miss the Ortaköy Mosque, a late example of Istanbul's imperial mosques, and the Çırağan Palace, which houses one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Add Ortakoy to your Istanbul travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Istanbul travel itinerary maker.
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  • A highly recommended place to visit if you decide to visit Istanbul and find its soul. A small but lovely square, Ortaköy mosque and tiny streets with romantic view of Bosphorus strip. Perfect place t...  more »
  • Gone are the aggressive vendors. Restaurants cater to locals rather than tourist so you can get a good selection of Turkish food at lower prices than the touristy areas. Nice shops. Very western exper...  more »
  • Istanbul sea and fish, the first thing that comes to those who want to see the most beautiful areas of the most beautiful sea could Ortaköy area. ...
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