Cite de Pera ( Hristaki or Flower Passage ) is a historical and famous passage established in 1876. What image does it bring to our mind? At first, everybody thinks of a place full of flower stores and a variety of flowers. Then, when you go inside, you are surprised at its architecture. From outside it draws attention with its white outer covering as a huge and bewildering building. It has three flower and its walls are made from marble. It has also on into resting and attractive entrance. At the top, there is a clock designed extraordinarily. Under it, there are two female figures with their long dresses in two sides and in the middle of them the first name of the flower passage “CITE DE PERA” is written. Besides, the gate looks different compared to the other parts of building. It is also an interesting design. There is a flower composition made of stained glass above the gate. The gate made of iron is black and Turkish translation “Çiçek Pasajı” is written on the red plate. All of these designs show that Flower Passage has the style of Western architecture. Everybody thinks that it has an artistic quality because it is a historical place. However, entering into the passage it is realized that everything is completely different.
In addition to these, the only thing that can be considered artistic in the passage is boards in the windows of second floor. However, when you enter into the passage, you can not see them because of the tents. If you want to see, you have to go the middle of passage and look up because this place is the only free space. As well as there is alienation between outside of passage and inside of passage. When looking from outside, it seems as a place of fresh, artistic and cultural. However, the interior is designed for a commercial purpose. Also this is an alienation between its past and present. In the past, the passage was used for artistic activities such as opera and drama, but in the present, it is a place where people come in order to drink and delight. While the time passes, the passage alienates from its past and its real purpose.
While watching over the Cite de Pera, we come across one of the historical places, Ceneviz Pub. From the first moment we see this place, our interest becomes bigger and bigger as its decoration and also atmosphere are totally different from the other pubs in Cite de Pera. Ceneviz Pub is in the middle of recreation site, where two streets intersect.
When we come to Nevizade, the building we enter is a newer building than the previous. It has five floors. In front of the building, there are tables like in the Cite de Pera. Inside of the place we come across new and normal things. These are the things necessary for the service. There is no extra thing different from them. The stairs are simple iron stairs which take us to the other floors. There is no authentic thing rather we see more modern things. You can see only pictures of advertisements on the walls. The atmosphere is noisy. There is noisy music. In this situation, the clients of the place are generally the young and normal people. They are generally normal economically. This place is a common place when compared to the Cite de Pera.
You should visit Flower Passage in order to see the traces of the past. While having your drinks, you will also take pleasure in this relaxing atmosphere.
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