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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Great history of the city of Byzanz / Constantinople / Istanbul, and while learning a lot about the history of the city itself, it is also a great run through the history of the Byzantine and the ... Read full review


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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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