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Istanbul : The Imperial City (1996)

by John Freely

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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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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. ( )
  Finja2502 | May 26, 2013 |
http://shawjonathan.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/john-freelys-istanbul/

This is a bit of a hybrid – a biography of the city from 658 BCE to 1995, and a guide to the monuments and relics of that long history. It doesn’t aim to make sense of the history so much as to help reader–travellers understand what they are seeing. ( )
  shawjonathan | Jul 18, 2012 |
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Στην Toots. Αναμνήσεις από την Κωνσταντινούπολη.
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Ο ιδανικός τρόπος για να προσεγγίσει κανείς την Πόλη θα ήταν από τη θάλασσα, όπως συνηθιζόταν στους πρώτους είκοσι έξι αιώνες της ιστορίας της, που ο κόσμος την ήξερε πρώτα ως Βυζάντιο, ύστερα ως Κωνσταντινούπολη κι αργότερα ως Ιστανμπούλ.
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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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