The mosque on the water's edge is a popular place in the city. It is an impressive building on the banks of the Bosphorus.
The mosque was built in the 19th century, where a church once stood. It was built by orders of the first Sultan of Abdalmajit, in 1856-1856.
It was designed by Niguas Balian, a Turkish architect of Armenian descent and the son of the architect who designed the Dolmabhça Palace. Balian planned the mosque in Baroque-eclectic style. Inside he added decorations based on exquisite calligraphic notes made by the first Sultan Abdalmajit, who was a true Calligraphy artist.
The mosque, whose official name is the "Great Imperial Mosque in the name of Sultan Abdalmajit I," was designed so that its large windows would bring in a lot of light. They also absorb the reflection of reflected light from the Bosphorus.
If you want to get a beautiful view of the waters of the fortress from here, it is worth climbing to the second, upper level of the mosque. A look from this place, lined with green prayer shawls, to the vast Bosphorus bridge and to the many waters seen through the huge windows, is a beautiful and special sight that widens the heart.
It is recommended to arrive here before the service and to enjoy watching the pre-prayer preparations.