Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday opened Büyük Mecidiye, commonly known as Ortaköy Mosque, an Istanbul landmark that was closed for three years for restoration. The mosque's architects were two Ottoman-Armenians, Garabet and his son Nigogayos Balyan, French-educated architects who are known for their prominent influence on late Ottoman architecture. Ortaköy Mosque is located under the European leg of the Bosporus Bridge and has survived several earthquakes and fires since its construction in the 19th century during the rule of Sultan Abdülmecid. This is the fifth time it has undergone restoration in two centuries. Located in the eponymous district of Istanbul, the mosque is known for the pink mosaics in the interior of its dome and its baroque style, which is uncommon in its contemporaries.