- Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 215mm x 25mm | 504g
- Publication date: 31 December 1998
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1860642497
- ISBN 13: 9781860642494
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised edition
- Illustrations note: maps, plans
- Sales rank: 1,513,224
Jane Taylor's classic guidebook to Istanbul is acknowledged as the ultimate introduction to the city. It leads travellers from the great monuments of Byzantium and early Constantinople to the mosques and palaces built for Suleyman the Magnificent and the other Sultans while providing both practical information and a rich historical context. It also covers more recent sites: ranging from the mundane (the Galatasaray fishmarket) to the magnificent pavilions and villas of late Ottoman times. In addition to Istanbul, the cities of Iznik, Bursa and Edirne are covered in extensive detail. Filled with maps, itineraries, plans and descriptions of all the sites that any visitor could hope to see, this is the only guidebook that a traveller to Istanbul will ever need.
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Jane Taylor is a writer, photographer and former TV producer. Her books include, High Above Jordan and Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans (I.B. Tauris).
"At last - a highly informative but at the same time elegantly written guidebook to one of the most fascinating of the world's cities, equally readable on site and in bed. I only wish I had had this book on my first visit to Istanbul; I shall certainly never go there again without it." John Julius Norwich "Splendid erudition... the secret of Taylor's book is a delightfully lucid style." David Barchard, The Financial Times"
Table of contents
Bird's eye view of Byzantium; early Constantinople; the walls of Theodosius; Justinian and Theodora; Haghia Sophia; later Byzantine churches; the Church of St Saviour in Chora/Kariye Caii; Mehmet The Conqueror and his heirs; Topkapi Sarayi; Suleyman The Magnificent and the architect Sinan; some later Ottoman Mosques; late Ottoman palaces and pavilions; Galata and Pera; Uskudar; the Bosphorus; Iznik/Nicaea; Bursa; Ediorne. Appendices: The Archaeological Museum; The Museum of the Ancient Orient; The Princes' Islands.