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Contents /A gift of Suna and Inan Kirac "pera"
Based on the priceless collections of Suna and Inan Kirac, the Pera Museum tells a wide-ranging tale of East and West...
The Pera Museum, created from the priceless art works collected over the years by Suna and Inan Kirac, opened its doors to art lovers. Thronged with Istanbulites by the hundreds since the first day, the museum is soon to become one of the city's favorite venues for art with galleries spread over 3700 square meters and permanent exhibitions as well as an auditorium, a cafe and a gift shop.

The museum, which is housed in what was until recently the Bristol Hotel, directly adjacent to the Odakule office tower at Tepebasi, was built by architect Achille Manoussos in 1893. Last year, however, when an inspection determined it to be non-resistant to earthquakes, the entire building with the exception of the facade was razed and rebuilt to international standards by architect Sinan Genim as a museum, the Pera Museum.
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