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This wooden doorway enveloped in neo-classic styled marble and granite is the entrance to one of Istanbul’s first office highrises. Designed by August Jasmund, the Deutsche Orientbank, in Istanbul’s Ottoman financial district, was originally completed in 1906.
In 2021, following 18 years of beyond-lavish upgrades, the building was transformed into one of Marriot’s ‘Autograph Collection’ Hotels.
Trivia: In 2012 these doors were featured in the opening scene of the James Bond movie Skyfall. In that scene, “Bond” (Daniel Craig) stepped out of this archway and climbed into the Landrover Defender driven by Miss Moneypenny (Naomie Harris). A car chase of unfathomable perils with a black Audi immediately ensued.
A wider angle of the facade below: