Corinne Hotel At a Glance Story for 100 years

The CORINNE HOTEL, embracing Istanbul’s cultural richness and history, invites you on a journey to comfort in all its facets.The Corinne Hotel takes its name from a notable opera singer named Madame Corinne who lived in Çukurcuma during the early establishment stages of the Turkish Republic. In fact, because she supported the Turkish revolution she was exiled by the English forces to Italy. The building of The Corinne Hotel, which was restored to its original structure, is 101 years old now.
Not only a boutique hotel but also an Art Center! The Corinne Hotel takes the utmost attention to preserve its historical past and traditional appearance. Engravings dated back to 1907 can be observed on the bricks of its walls. These engravings are powerful indicators of the excellent workmanship from the Ottoman period.

BEYOGLU is a region located on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey, by the Golden Horn. It was called Pera (means “Across” in Greek) during the Middle Era, and the name remained in frequent use until the early 20th century and the founding of the Turkish Republic.

The most favorite sightseeing route for tourists is modern Beyoglu or Pera area, placed in Taksim, which actually wields a whole number of historical significance points from historical buildings, churches, old Ottoman hans, charming arcades,  to bazaars and fine restaurants, all easily accessible in the same area over a couple of hours, depending on what your interest is.

The main road is İstiklâl Caddesi, running into the environs from Taksim Square, is a 1 mile (1.6 km) street of not only shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs, wine houses for pedestrians but also cinemas, bookstores, theatres and art galleries. Some parts of İstiklâl have a 19th-century metropolitan character and there are Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings along the avenue. The nostalgic tram runs between Taksim Square and Tünel on Istiklal Avenue was also renewed at the beginning of 1990s with the aim of vitalizing the historic atmosphere of the region.

The ones who visit the Istanbul Yeditepe district will certainly walk through Istiklal Street, Taksim Square and Galata Tower which are located in Beyoglu, the heart of culture, entertainment and art. Every street has a special and matchless story. Although the time passes rapidly ,Beyoğlu still stands tall with shops, old book shops, hotels,cinemas, , restaurants, and urban areas. Actually, its old apartments generally are not noticed by people. They have unique and unusual architectural designs that are not noticed. Though some of them are still occupied by regular inhabitants, most of these buildings are neglected.

Pera is having one of the most dynamic and fashionable environment spots in Europe. It is an enjoyment to walk its streets and discover new places. There is impressive diversity in Pera, too. It has not only the youth culture and artistic appearance as exploratory as anywhere in Europe, but also the Islamic goodness and tradition which is such a big piece of Turkish life.

Istanbul Modern which is located on the Bosphorus near Karaköy Port often  hosts the exhibitions of well-known Turkish and foreign artists.

Some of the works of art from the late Ottoman time are being exhibited in Pera Museum, the Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi (Turtle Trainer) by Osman Hamdi Bey.

Apart from its permanent group, the museum also hosts visiting exhibitions just like the works of famous artists (Rembrandt.)

Hotel Pera Palace was built in 1892 in this area in order to host the Orient Express’s passengers. Agatha Christie wrote the novel ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ in this hotel. Agatha’s room is preserved as a museum now.

In Pera Palace, over the years ,other guests are being entertained,including Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Julio Iglesias , Greta Garbo ,Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, Edward VIII (former King of England)..

Just beside the hotel  there is the US Embassy that occupies an eye-catching marble fortress since 1882 ,. Originally they had rented the building but purchased it 2 decades later along with the next building for a library and inspiring center. Stepping  at the front entrance of Pera Palace, cross the road and then catch the first turn left into Asmali Mescit, follow it directly forward and take the second right turning and you will find yourself in the center of a really magnificent and scenic little windy narrow street, crossed in hanging green vines and ivies striking against colorfully washed walls of delightful old residences. Delightful old residences have a small courtyard with wooden tables offering coffees and teas. chase it to the end and you will walk in all the way through the entrance gates of Kahve, a wonderful stop by for a coffee, or indeed lunch, in cool and artistic open-air environment, walking through all this way through the cluttered layers of Beyoglu’s past on caring feet. It is an imaginative little street walkway in the remarkable turn of the century style just opposite the Tunel structure. Entrance is through a large gate; walking into its sheltered lane way, which houses some fashionably trendy little coffeehouses set against a background of wall paintings and much leafy greenery developing from their pots. There is also a touch of fine art shops and aged antiques here.

Galata Tower & Galata Quarter Watchtower of the Genovese walls from 1349, Galata Tower is the only surviving remains of that colony today and stands a clear sight gracing the sky, growing out of current day Beyoglu, overlooking the Golden Horn and looking across to the Asian shores. The neighboring district nurtured a whole variety of cultural minorities of the European in the nineteenth century. This distinct foreign settlement, nearly on the entrance of the Golden Horn, was suspiciously regarding by the population and thus Galata was denoted as ‘Pera’, which is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘opposite seashore’. The concept of that approach is absurd today when it is the unreserved shores of Europe and Asia that are the real contrary  shores today . An exciting tale and apparently not metropolitan legend associated with the Galata Tower tells of how by name of Hazerfan Ahmet Celebi, one enthusiastic inventor ,clipped two home-produced wings to himself in the sixteenth century and leapt off the upper tower atmosphere, successfully gliding all the way across the Bosphorus to the town of Uskudar safe and describe it one of the first flights. Today it hosts nightclubs and restaurant but be sure to take a ride up in the towers modern lift and endeavor outdoors to the panoramic balcony from which there are awesome views over the, Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus ,Golden Horn and the brightly colored strips of Galata’s own residences. And what a glorious point of view to finish the tour, mostly when the sun sets down – all of Istanbul city magnificently extend at your foot in gold! still on a high!