Strolling Through Istanbul

Strolling Through Istanbul : The Classic Guide to the City

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This classic guide to Istanbul by Hilary Summer-Boyd and John Freely - the 'best travel guide to Istanbul' ("The Times"), 'a guide book that reads like a novel' ("New York Times") - is here, for the first time since its original publication thirty-seven years ago, published in a completely revised and updated new edition. Taking the reader on foot through this captivating city - European City of Culture 2010 - the authors describe the historic monuments and sites of what was once Constantinople and the capital in turn of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, in the context of the great living city. Woven throughout are vivid anecdotes, secret histories, hidden gems and every major place of interest the traveler will want to see. Practical and informative, readable and vividly described, this is the definitive guide to and story of Istanbul, by those who know it more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 36mm | 480.81g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised, Updated ed.
  • 19 maps, 27 plans, 8pp colour plates
  • 1848851545
  • 9781848851542
  • 39,014

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'A classic. The best travel guide to Istanbul.' - The Times; 'A guide book that reads like a novel' - William Buckley, The New York Times; 'It is a guide-book that reads more like a literary tale and should do well with its subject city decreed European Capital of Culture this year.' - The Bookseller; 'Both engaging and scholarly, this is a guide to Istanbul that has yet to be surpassed.' - Daily Telegraph; 'classic and still very useful...go step by step with the authors through various time periods of Istanbul. Their entertaining tidbits of information on bits of the city, including Topkapi, Pera and Galata and the Bosphorous itself, make this book far livelier than your standard hiking guide.' - Maria Eliades, Time Out Istanbul; 'this classic guidebook remains the preeminent reference to the city's most beloved, historical features...Written with love by people with a deep understanding of the city, this is the ideal travel companion for those with a thirst for architecture...intended for gaining a deep appreciation and understanding for the ancient city' - Huffington Post;show more

About Hilary Sumner-Boyd

The late Hilary Summer-Boyd was professor of humanities at Robert-College-Bosphorus University. His magisterial work, The Seven Hills of Constantinople: A Study of the Byzantine and Turkish Monuments of the City, was unpublished at the time of his death in 1977 and is now being prepared for publication by Bosphorus University Press. John Freely was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen for the last two years of World War II. He has lived in New York, Boston, London, Athens and Istanbul and has written over forty travel books and guides, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, The Cyclades, The lonian Islands (all I.B.Tauris), Crete, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens and Strolling through Venice (all Tauris Parke Paperbacks). He is currently professor of physics at Bosphorus University in more