Nusretiye Camii is an ornate mosque located along the Bosphorous near the modern day Tophane tramway stop. It was built in 1823-1826 under the reign of Sultan Mahmut II. Nusretiye Mosque’s distinctive architecture combines Islamic and Ottoman Baroque styles. The mix of styles is said to be unique to Istanbul.
Visitors quickly notice that the style of the Nusretiye Mosque is outside the norm of Istanbul’s Ottoman Imperial mosques. “Attractive,” “interesting,” and “different” are three adjectives that describe the Nusretiye Mosque; it is a pleasant surprise to the few tourists who happen in to see more.