What Is the History Behind Pera Place in Netflix Turkish Thriller ‘Midnight at the Pera Palace’? Is It Real?

What Is the History Behind Pera Place in Netflix Turkish Thriller ‘Midnight at the Pera Palace’? Is It Real?

Netflix has a vast library of adventurous fantasy mystery films and Midnight at the Pera Palace just adds to the list. Midnight at the Pera Palace by Nisan Dag and Emre Sahin has created a name for itself and attracted all the international audiences. The television series follows a journalist, Esra, who was appointed to write a column about the fine hotel. But little did she know she will have a onetime life adventure and transfer her to 1919. But that’s not the end of her adventure. She even gets herself involved in a political conspiracy.

The plot of the television series takes us back to time-traveling, which is obviously not possible. Or is it?

Still, we are wondering whether real-life events inspired the show. Let’s find out.

Is Midnight at the Pera Palace a True Story?

We can’t give you a hundred percent confirmation, but partially the plot is based on a true story. The novel of the same name by Charles King inspired the show Midnight at the Pera Palace. Despite that, the film does not do justice to the series. They set the novel in the time of New Year’s Eve of 1925 when the common people of Turkey take up the Gregorian calendar instead of the Islamic one.

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In 1919, the Turkish War of Independence started, which continued till 1923. So the plot is a work of fiction but set in reality. Pera Palace is a proper hotel, which was built in 1892 to host the passengers of Orient Express. The palace is in Beyoğlu, a district on the European side of İstanbul, near Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue. This grand hotel is a symbol of modern amenities like elevators, radiator heat, and electrically powered lighting. Customers all over the world, such as the UK, Russia, France, Germany, Sweden, and Italy, came to the hotel and became a hotspot place of the era.

In World War II, Turkey was a neutral country. But they provide passage to Jew to save from Holocaust. We see this reality in the series, “Midnight at the Pera Palace.”

So, we can conclude, Netflix’s ‘Midnight at the Pera Palace’ is not based on any real events or any real persons.

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