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This study aims to analyze the stanbul Hilton, the zmir Grand Efes and the Grand Ankara Hotels, which are owned by the Pension Fund, during the 1950-1980 period that witnessed the formation process of modern tourism and tourism architecture in Turkey. As the first five-star hotels of their cities, these buildings provide the possibility of tracing the social transformation processes at the second half of the 20th century beyond their architectural properties that reflect and affect the zeitgeist of the period. In this manner, besides the architectural formation of the buildings, this thesis also aims to examine the participation of the hotels in social life and the relations of architecture with the changing city life and tourism. Moreover, this thesis offers historical perspectives about tourism architecture, about which adequate researches have not been provided yet. Chronologically, the first chapter formulates a general introduction. The second chapter issues the 1950s’ Turkey and the stanbul Hilton Hotel. The third chapter issues the 1960s’ Turkey and the zmir Efes Hotel and the Grand Ankara Hotels. The fourth chapter examines the critique of tourism that developed in the 1970s’ social and political medium, and the last chapter is a general conclusion.


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Citation Formats
A. E. Tozoğlu, “ Grand hotels in major cities of Turkey, 1950-1980 : an evaluation of modern architecture and tourism ,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2007.