Romantic Pierre Loti hill in Istanbul's Eyup neighborhood opens a magnificent panoramic view of the Golden Horn. Take a short cable car ride to the top of this historic place to enjoy your time.
French novelist and a naval officer Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was sent to Istanbul in 1876 as a soldier. Young writer's pen-name was Pierre Loti.
Story tells he fell in love with one of the concubines (enslaved mistress of a Sultan) and kept a diary about his love. He wrote a book Aziyade (1879) after the name of the woman he loved.
The book is based on a true story of Julien’s relationship with the woman of harem (women’s quarter in Ottoman royal residencies). The author added fictitious elements to the novel and published it anonymously. His true name, however, was revealed soon after the publication.
Julien Viaud visited Istanbul often. He stayed in Eyup, overlooking a natural harbor Golden Horn of Istanbul. The French man engaged in Ottoman politics and wrote poems expressing his support of the ruling government.
The hill was named after the novelist in respect of his loyalty to local elite.
There are only two accommodations available near the hill. Choose one or the other to experience the true Istanbul neighborhood. You will be relatively close to Sultanahmet with major tourist attractions. Extra walking you might have to do will be compensated by the breathtaking view you will have from these hotels.
Book PierreLoti House From 160 USD
The PierreLoti House is a spacious 5-bedroom house with view of the city. Make yourself comfortable in these air-conditioned facilities. Bring up to 9 guests. Find everything you might need here - linens, towels, personal hygiene products. Prepare your own snacks in the fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy free WiFi.
Location: Idris Kosku Avenue No: 1, Eyup, Istanbul.
Book Turkquhouse Hotel From 55 USD
Turkquhouse Hotel offers spacious room decorated in traditional Turkish style. Rest in a sauna and Turkish bath (hamam) available on the premises. All rooms are air-conditioned and have WiFi. Start your day with a breakfast at Aziyade restaurant, get a drink at terrace cafe and view all 7 hills of Istanbul from here. Spend your free time at recreation area with TV and backgammon board game.
Location: Merkez neighborhood, Idris Kosku Avenue, Eyup, Istanbul.
Julien Viaud was born on January 14, 1850 in a sea port town of Rochefort, France. He adored his house to the end of his days and untiringly decorated the rooms and refurbished the place according to ideas brought from his numerous trips outside of France.
One of the many rooms in the house were decorated with blue and white tiles, armory, red silk carpets on the floor and up toward the ceiling, copper vessels brought from Turkey. This was the Turkish room.
The house serves today as a museum, making a small town on the Charente River a livelier place. Discover more about French heritage of Pierre Loti.