Photographer's Note

In Ortaky, you must taste the fried mussels (Midye tava). Fresh mussels are soaked in a mixture of water, milk, a little flour and egg yolk and cooked in oil. Serve this dish with a delicious white sauce with garlic.

Ortaky (literally Middle Village in Turkish) is a neighbourhood, formerly a small village, within the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, located in the middle of the European bank of the Bosphorus.

Ortaky was a cosmopolitan area during the Ottoman era and the first decades of the Turkish Republic, with communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews. The neighbourhood still hosts many different religious (Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, and other Christian) structures. It is also a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with its art galleries, night clubs, cafs, bars, and restaurants.

The Neo-Baroque style Ortaky Mosque is a beautifully ornate structure, right on the jetty of Ortaky, bordering the waters of the Bosphorus, and thus highly visible from the passing boats.

Several reputable schools, such as Kabataş Erkek Lisesi and Galatasaray University, are located in Ortaky. The European pylon of the Bosphorus Bridge, one of the two bridges that connect the European and Asian banks of İstanbul, is also situated in this neighbourhood.

Ortaky was the site of George W. Bush's speech during the NATO Summit of 2004, which he delivered at Galatasaray University.

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