Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Camii 750x660This is the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (commonly known as the Ortaköy Mosque) which sits on the waterfront close to the Bosphorus Bridge (Boğaziçi Köprüsü). This neo-Baroque mosque was completed in 1856, built on the orders of reformist Sultan Abdülmecid, who contributed calligraphy to the mosque’s interior.

Here are details of the exterior and the interior (at the base of the dome).

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Börek and surrealism

surrealism and börek 1000x750Börek is a pastry made of thin, flaky dough (yufka), and filled with cheese, meat or vegetables. Börek is another delicious (and cheap) Turkish culinary experience. There are many, many börek eateries in Istanbul. As I ate peynirli (cheese-filled) börek in a tiny cafe (two tables) in Ortaköy last night this print of a surrealist painting (neo-surrealist? help me out, art people) was above me on the wall. Because of this, my meal seemed doubly-surreal (including the low blood sugar). I have seen this image before and am sure someone will recognize it and tell me who the artist is. (George?)