Pera Palas ( Palace ) Jumeirah Hotel Istanbul
Built for Orient Express PassengersThe lovely hotel was built in 1895 for the founder of the Compagnie Internationale de Wagons-Lits, Georges Nackelmackers, by French Levantine architect Alexandre Vallaury. It was originally built for the passengers of the Orient Express arriving from Europe and boasted of having “a thoroughly healthy situation, being high up and isolated on all sides”.
Famous Guests of Pera Palas HotelAside from the Turkish Republic’s first president Ataturk and Agatha Christie as famous guests, there was also Greta Garbo, President Tito of Yugoslavia, King Edward VIII of Britain and the spy Mata Hari.
Places to Visit Closeby
Buyuk Londra HotelOpposite is the Buyuk Londra Hotel, a design of the Italian architect Guglielmo Semprini, and when it opened in 1892 it boasted of up to date technology that included an elevator and bath tubs, and one of its famous guests was Ernest Hemmingway.
British Consulate - Pera HouseThe British Consulate (Pera House) was originally built in 1801 and after a fire in 1844 was rebuilt by William James Smith and Charles Barry who were the architects on the House of Commons building in London, England and the design is a copy of the Reform Club in Pall Mall.
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