➪ Istanbul: The Imperial City Read ➲ Author John Freely – Loufanet.info

Istanbul: The Imperial City Istanbul S History Is A Catalogue Of Change, Not Least Of Name, Yet It Has Managed To Retain Its Own Unique Identity John Freely Captures The Flavour Of Daily Life As Well As Court Ceremonial And Intrigue The Book Also Includes A Comprehensive Gazetteer Of All Major Monuments And Museums An In Depth Study Of This Legendary City Through Its Many Different Ages From Its Earliest Foundation To The Present Day The Perfect Traveller S Companion And Guide


10 thoughts on “Istanbul: The Imperial City

  1. says:

    Yowzer I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States It would be quite an accomplishment to memorize all of the rulers of Istanbul I finally abandoned the book about halfway through I am sure that it is an accurate listing of who ruled when, what architectural feats they accomplished, what major battles they fought in, whose eyes they gou


  2. says:

    Somehow managed to have at least a seven year gap between starting and finishing this.Writing a history of a city that has been an imperial hub for what, 1700 years is always going to be difficult in that the history of the empires and the history of the city blend into one another The Byzantine Empire was saved countless times by the fact Constantinople was unco


  3. says:

    It s already a part of tradition that I always find and buy a book about the places I visit fortunately Istanbul have not one but two excellent english bookshops in the central area same owner that cater for tourists, visitors and diplomats there is a nice selection of books about Turkey and Islam in english so I selected Istanbul the imperial city by John Freely


  4. says:

    Objectively, this book is kind of boring I picked this book up because I find Istanbul enchanting and I enjoyed the portions of this book that focus on the growth and development of the city and its landmarks enough to like the book as a whole But, that really isn t the book s focus Instead, Freely focuses on the long and violent parade of emperors and empresses th


  5. says:

    Not that good, it slike a long list of names of who got murdered for control of the city with the occasional anecdote and the he build this and she build that with a long index of monuments at the end that seems copy pasted from wikipedia.


  6. says:

    This is a book I enjoyed reading..With my general love of history, the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul, which revealed to me along with Ottoman and Republican Istanbul this what weight and value this beautiful city has in world history making me love Istanbul even ..The author divides the book into three parts Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul.The firs


  7. says:

    John Freely s reference book can be identified as tale of three cities Byzantium, Constantinople and stanbul This lyric tale, which attracts the reader from the very first page, just starting with ethymological roots of stanbul stin poli , i.e to the city, no other name is needed to identify it as Freely beautifully points out and Anatolia which means land of sunrise


  8. says:

    I bought this book on the road back from Istanbul, a city I enjoyed very much during a week long visit Istanbul The Imperial City by John Freely is exactly what I should have been reading before visiting it is a history of the city sprinkled with descriptions of the buildings and landmarks still visible at the middle of the 1990s We are also given excerpts from some of


  9. says:

    This book about Byzantium Constantinople Istanbul, by the American teacher John Freely, is a curious read It purports to be a chronological history of the city, yet is in fact mostly a string of anecdotes about the doings of its sometime rulers interspersed with the odd undigested gobbet of political history It has none of the contextual depth or atmospherics required t


  10. says:

    Too many facts to really digest by reading it through, but lots of information for someone visiting Istanbul that provides a significant depth of knowledge.I would have rated it lower if I had to read it all in one sitting probably too overwhelming for that but if you spread it out, you can see patterns and understand the flow of the city.


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