Istanbul : the imperial city

by John Freely

Paper Book, 1996




London ; New York : Viking, c1996.


With the emphasis on its colourful and tempestuous daily life, John Freely tells the story of the city from its foundation as Byzantium, through is life as Constantinople, to its renaming as Istanbul.

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LibraryThing member Finja2502
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 Ottoman Empire. Engaging read, especially in the parts about all the intrigues in the Sultanat... x killed y, then z became sultan... unfortunately, it is almost impossible to keep track of the many names, but it is still a great overview.
Very nice is also the explanations about the sights in the city that still can be visited today. It is definitely no guidebook to the city, but after having read it onceI certainly knows much more about what Can be seen and visited in Istanbul.
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