A historic quarter of Istanbul regains its place in the sun
Adrian Mourby finds shiny new shops and galleries in the previously rundown district of Pera
Adrian Mourby Author Biography
Sunday 22 April 2012
The transformation of Pera in the past 10 years has been extraordinary. When I first started coming to this side of Istanbul, just after the millennium, Pera was old, dirty and unnerving. There were streets off Istiklal Caddesi where, as a tourist, you did not walk. The bar in the Pera Palace Hotel was so dingy I'd swear it had not been painted since Agatha Christie holed up in a room with a rickety brass bedstead.
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