The Pera Palace Hotel is a magnificent building with views over the Golden Horn. It is conveniently located for sightseeing. And it is steeped in history. It first opened in 1892 in the last years of the Ottoman Empire. Some of its famous guests include Alfred Hitchcock, Greta Garbo, Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie, who travelled to Istanbul on the famous Orient Express. It was here that she got the inspiration for her novel Murder on the Orient Express.
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