Gay Istanbul: Standing Astride East and West – Part One

“It seems to have been created by nature for the capital of the world”*
Those words were written in the sixteenth century by a Flemish diplomat. You find them near the start of one of the must-read books before making your first journey to this most fascinating city. “Midnight at the Pera Palace Hotel” describes the birth of modern-day Istanbul from the perspective of the old luxury Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892.
Gay Istanbul – Cover of Midnight at the Pera Palace Hotel
With its polished wood and iron lift, only the second in Europe after those in the Eiffel Tower, it’s

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