I’m back! Only after months of sailing through the adventures of life is it that I have time to share some of my findings. 🙂
This past christmas I went to Istanbul and finally visited a place I’ve wanted to go to for years: Pera Palace Jumeirah Istanbul.
Despite the fascinating architecture and details, which I’ll go into in a bit, the hotel is mostly made famous by Agatha Christie, the author of Murder on the Orient Express. She found inspiration for the story from her travels on the orient express, and wrote the book in Istanbul, which was the last stop on the route. Other than that, actresses like Greta Garbo and political figures such as Ataturk have also stayed at the hotel. Pera Palace remains one of the most luxurious places to stay in Istanbul, especially for those who love history and opulence.
The building was built mostly in the neoclassical style, by French-Turkish architect Alexander Vallaury in the 1890’s, specifically to host passengers arriving in the orient express. Back in the day, some of the most distinctive guests, especially ladies, would be brougt to the hotel by means of a sedan chair which was lifted and carried all the way from the train station to the front door of the hotel. Pera Palace also boasted one of the first elevators in Turkey, which was sparingly used at the time, reserved for only the wealthiest or notable guests at the time.
The beauty of the building is beyond what words can describe. I just wish I had taken more pictures! As with many buildings that was built in the classical style, it still endures the changes of the modern age and continues to be a source of pride and beauty for us to admire.
Here is the grand elevator and the once ballroom which now serves as a venue for weddings and events. When I was there, several models gracing a section of the ball room for a photoshoot, which made the place all themore lively and exciting, to say the least.
I hope you enjoyed the few pictures I had taken on that trip! This is one place I’d definetaly want to return one day.
Take care, everyone! 🙂