Istanbul: The Imperial City

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Viking, 1996 - History - 414 pages
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Straddling the narrow straits of the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, Istanbul has been an unrivaled locus of cultural exchange since its beginnings more than 26 centuries ago, under three different namesfirst as the Greek colony Byzantium, then Constantinople in A.D. 330, and Istanbul in 1453. Despite the onslaughts of time, a local character and spirit have abided. This is a guide to the city for the curious traveler as well as an evocation of its illustrious past. color & 25 b&w illus. 4 map.

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User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

This is not a book for casual tourists, or for those who are not really, deeply interested in the history and architecture of Istanbul. With that aside, it is rich and well written, full of insights. Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

8/10 A nice overview of the city and its long history. It's thin in parts due to the length of time it covers but it's a terrific read. Read full review


The Strait and the City up to c 658 BC
The Greek CityState of Byzantium
Roman Byzantium 196330

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About the author (1996)

John Freely has written over thirty travel books and guides, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of "Strolling Through Athens" (also Tauris Parke Paperbacks).

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