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Istanbul’s legendary Pera Palace Hotel built in the 19th century for the use of Orient Express passengers, was renovated and re-opened in 2011. The preservation and restoration project that reflects the historical and cultural significance of the hotel targets to bring back its old glory of the times when it was one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Many statesmen, and internationally acclaimed artists like Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway and Greta Garbo are known to have favoured the Pera Palace as their sanctuary for rest and private socialising. With the renovation, the hotel aimed to become once again one of the most popular destinations for discerning travelers. Therefore, all rooms and public areas were refurbished using only products with the best quality and appeal. The wine cellar was entrusted to FWC. Diligent design and expert construction of the wine cellar are evident in the smallest details, such as the copper engraving in the floor of Hemingway’s remarkable words about wine: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

Modern Wine Cellar

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