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Pera Museum, Istanbul

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Get lost in the art-filled halls of Pera Museum, whose numerous galleries put a special focus on Orientalism in the 19th century. The building itself took over the space of the old Hotel Bristol, founded in 1893, and was renovated to feature a Victorian-era facade. On the first floor, stop to admire collections of colored tiles and pottery, as well as Anatolian weights and measures. From here, continue upstairs to see more than 300 works by European, Ottoman, and Turkish masters, including Osman Hamdi Bey. Several exhibits change regularly, so look for something new each time you visit. To visit Pera Museum and other attractions in Istanbul, use our Istanbul itinerary planner.
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  • The museum stands out for its world-class collections and exhibitions. To find out what you can see right now, be sure to check the site, although the museum is definitely worth a visit for its outsta...  more »
  • It is one of my favourite Museum with its great selections of temporary exhibitions. They always find the great things matching with the soul of the city and Pera... Building itself is gorgeous anyway...  more »
  • Only have a short time? Come here. Have a bit more time? Come here. You can come and see one exhibit or all of them. Beautifully curated, bold choices, excellent permanent exhibits. Great gift shop an...  more »
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  • Cozy museum. Interesting collection of modern art and historical artifacts.
  • Great opportunity to see famous Turkish arts and international exibitions. And sure "The Toirtois trainer" is waiting for u here))
  • I could give a full grade for its 'wheel chair user friendly' facility. The mover at the ground floor and the elevator saved us to enjoy the museum. Every floor have a different theme, and I and my sister liked it. Not a big museum but full of interesting art pieces.
  • Is a great place to see Turkish art.
  • One of the top museums in Istanbul.

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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