This book covers 2,000 years of registered history: Byzantium, Constantinople, Stambul and Istanbul, a city shaped by blood and wine. It traces the full story, from day one until the recent republic. What makes reading it enjoyable are the incredible personal stories of emperors, sultans and viziers who contributed to the destruction and rebuilding of the empire. Their stories are fascinating and closer resemble myth than reality. The last section of the book offers an introduction to every important structure in the city.
Part of Reading Istanbul.