This classic guide to Istanbul by Hilary Sumner-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 traveller 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 best.
John Freely is the author of over thirty travel books and guides including Istanbul: The Imperial City. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
Hilary Sumner-Boyd (1910-1976) 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magisterial work, The Seven Hills of Constantinople: A Study of the Byzantine and Turkish Monuments of the City, was unpublished at the time of his death in 1977 and is now being prepared for publication by Bosphorus University Press.
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Praise for Strolling Through Istanbul:
"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/ telegraph.co.uk