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Pera (Beyoglu) & Galata Walk

Courtesy of Bentley Hotel Istanbul, here are some encouraging details about walking through the Pera (Beyoglu) & Galata districts of Istanbul. Galata was, on the north shore of the Golden Horn, a semi-independent colony of the Genoese, an Italian marine-state. In the early centuries under the Ottoman rule, the district became densely populated as the European quarter. Here the foreign merchants had their houses and their shops and here the ambassadors of the European powers built sumptuous embassies. As the time went on the confines of Galata became too narrow and crowded and the embassies...
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