If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. ~Alphonse de Lamartine
1870 – Great Fire of Pera (illustration)
View of the ruins after the great fire at constantinople. Illustrated on London News on July 2, 1876. The remnants of the British Embassy can be seen in the background.
In 1870, there was a horrendous fire in Pera which is known as “The Great Fire of Pera” today. It is also known as “The Great Fire of Constantinople”. Pera, today’s Beyoğlu, located on the European side of Constantinople (now İstanbul), separated from the old city (historic peninsula of Constantinople) by the Golden Horn, was the district of diplomatic residences and European society in 1870. Actually, now, it still is.