The Author of The Orient Express is 125 Years Old

Written by Hanife Çelik

On the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Agatha Christie, known with her novel ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, you have the opportunity to trace the steps of the famous author in Istanbul.

Agatha Christie, who was born in 1890 in the Great Britain, has had her books translated into more than a hundred languages, and is considered to be the best seller of crime fiction of all times. Christie’s path crosses with Istanbul between the years of 1926 – 1932. The author, who frequently comes to Istanbul between those years, had written her famous novel ”Murder on the Orient Express” here. During 1883, when the train mentioned within the book had begun its expeditions, there was in fact a lack of appropriate hotels with high standards for its passengers in Istanbul. After 1895, the passengers of the Orient Express begin to stay at the Pera Palace. Today, the hotel still maintains the name of the author for room 411, which was the very same room she had stayed in and written the book. The author, who was known to have loved strolling in Taksim, the markets of Beyoğlu, Galata, the Spice Bazaar, the Grand Bazaar and Sirkeci, passed away on 12 January 1976.

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