Friday, February 23, 2018


Galata, Beyoğlu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'43.4"N 28°58'23.3"E / 41.028708, 28.973148


The beautiful building of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul was originally built as the winter residence of the french levantine family Décugis. It was built in 1881, one of the oldest stone buildings in Taksim & Pera area build as a mansion. Monseiur Henri Hypollite Décugis lived here more than 60 years together with his family. He was levatine French businessman - an interesting and well known character in Pera.

His shop ''Constantinople-Pera'' was in Grand Rue de Pera (now the Istiklal Avenue) at the first floor of the Botter Apartment, which also one of the most beautiful examples of the art nouveau style buildings in Istanbul. He was selling valuable antiques, porcelains and crystals. He was supposed to be a master in his business and was well known about his business ethics and honesty.

His fine porcelains, Christofle silver spoons, knifes and forks, crystal chandeliers were used in the finest places in that time, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Pera Palace Hotel, Markiz Pattiserie. After the death of his wife, he spent his life in the mansion and shut down all the covers of the windows of the mansion as an expression of his mourning. M. Décugis died in 1942 and his grave is in Feriköy Catholic Cemetery in Istanbul.

Alexandre Vallaury, the talented and remarkable architect of Maison de Decugis. There are some speculations about his nationality but he was supposedly known as French. He was born in Istanbul in 1850 as a son of levantine family. He studied architecture at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was awarded with the French order Légion d'honneur together with many other medals and awards from the French and Ottoman governments.

The mansions of the most prominent families were on Tepebaşı and Pera , and the architecture of these buildings were one of the most important part in developing the characteristics of the Taksim, Pera and Galata region in Istanbul. In his approach to architecture, he also used a synthesis of Islam-Ottoman and Neo-Classic styles in the broad sweep of which there was great variety.

In some of his designs he used Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Ottoman elements togther with occasional use of motifs from an International Oriental style. In particular, in some buildings he undertook in a Neo-Ottoman style he used details from New Baroque, indeed, even from Art Nouveau. He had constructed many beautiful monuments in Istanbul.

Alexandre Vallaury was the talented and remarkable architect who designed the Décugis mansion. Some uncertainties remain concerning his nationality but it is believed he was French. Born in 1850 in Istanbul, Vallaury was born in a Levantine family. He studied architecture at the school of Fine Arts in Paris, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He received many awards for his work from both the French and Ottoman governments including the prestigious French Légion d’Honneur.

Maison de Decugis was built in the early 19th century in Pera (former name of Beyoğlu) as a mansion for a French levantine family "Décugis".  Neo- Renaissance style mansion is constructed by the talented architect Alexander Vallaury.


Galata Antique Hotel, 5 storey building consists of 22 guest rooms and a roof top terrace where the breakfast is served. Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul is conveniently located in Istanbul's one of the famous bohemian quarters Tunel (Tünel Meydanı). Istanbul's best restaurants, bars, cafes and a short stroll to everything else is in this genuine district, Beyoğlu. During the year Istiklal Street and Taksim hosts various festivals, art exhibitions, theater, opera and ballet performances in AKM. Taksim is a unique place where the art, history and culture and social life combines.

A stay in Hotel Galata Antique will be an opportune decision if you intend to discover the real Istanbul. The friendly staff and the two sister-managers of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul always would be more than happy to assist you about the wonder around places in Istanbul and Taksim in arranging interesting places to visit, according to your personal requests, to include special sightseeing visits to museums, gardens and parks, theatres, concert halls, places for shopping and much, much more!

Located just steps away from the famous Istiklal Avenue, Galata Antique Hotel welcomes guests with its elegantly designed 22 rooms, warm hospitality and the privilege of staying in a 131 year-old Pera mansion.

Each of Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul's 22 guest rooms is elegantly designed and furnished recently. All rooms differ one from the other in style, dimensions and size. There are six types of rooms; Standard, Superior, Superior Attic, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suite and Executive Suite.

Digital Satellite Flat Screen TV, Complimentary WIFI broadband Internet access, Double-glazed windows, Blackout curtains, Individually controlled air conditioning, A direct-dial telephone, Working desk with mirror, A combined marble bathroom with shower, Bathroom Amenities, Hairdryer, Slippers, Daily housekeeping service

All standard room amenities, Extra space, Arm chair or sofa, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Nostalgic design, Wood parquet floor decorations, City view, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Extra space, Corner room with three windows, City and Galata Tower views, Arm chair, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Extra space, Sofa, Two twin beds, Clawfoot Bathtub, Non-smoking only

All standard room amenities, Extra space, High ceilings with decorations, King size bed, Bay window with a sofa over looking Sishane Square, Clawfoot Bathtub, Non-smoking only


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