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Strolling Through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

Strolling Through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City (Tauris Parke Paperbacks) [Kindle Edition]

Hilary Sumner-Boyd , John Freely
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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'the best travel guide to Istanbul' --The Times

'a guide book that reads like a novel' --New York Times

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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 Capital 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 lively 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.

'The best travel guide to Istanbul' - The Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3776 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks; 1 edition (30 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00746TVQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Jeremy
There are guidebooks, then there are guidebooks. If you need a general introduction to the incomparable city of Istanbul, giving you an overview of its many and varied attractions, and perhaps helping you choose a hotel or a restaurant or nightclub too, there are several acceptable guides available - the Rough Guide is a fair bet, notwithstanding its inaccuracies.

If, however, you are serious about getting away from the tourist drag and untangling Istanbul's many layers of history, truly getting to know the "real" place and how it has come to be what is today, then this is a book for you. Each of the 23 chapters takes you on foot along a suggested route through the streets and lanes of the Queen of Cities, enabling you to become acquainted with it in a way no other book I'm aware of makes possible. The authors are exceptionally well-informed, and prove themselves able to share their expertise in an intelligent and very readable way, devoting ample space to the countless sites of interest to the visitor without ever becoming tedious. If your particular interest is Byzantine history, or perhaps the Ottoman period, you can easily select which sites to visit - the book makes possible a pick 'n' mix approach to help you. Relevant input from historical and architectural viewpoints enables you to look at familiar locations through new eyes, and even to learn of the existence of sites you never knew existed.

The walks are of varied length, but none of them need take a full day. Plans of key buildings are detailed and appropriate to the text, and route maps are user-friendly minimising the chances of getting lost even in more remote residential areas. The 2009/2010 edition is bang up to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Big and Golden Istanbul Book 11 April 2010
I landed a few hours ago from my trip to Istanbul, where this book hasn't left my bag except to be eagerly read. This is not a classical, full of pictures, timetables, tips and tricks, and restaurant list guide. It's a guide that provides itineraries through Istanbul, describing in full historical and artistical detail what you find along the way. Includes more information and more places than any other guide, and it's very useful for reading while visiting; stop for a while, find the place in the index in the back, and read aloud for the benefit of your group, and to illustrate everybody. You'll be fascinated with the history, art and technique of Sinan, know about the descriptions of Evliya elebi and be able to spot Iznik tiles on sight. Granted. It's even more useful if you read, before going, Istanbul: The Imperial City by one of the authors, but, in any case, it stands by itself.
The only problem I find with this is that you'll have to complement it with, at least, a map (which you can ask in any of the Tourist Information booths, or at the hotel) and maybe some information on opening and closing times; some kind of prioritization would have also been a good idea, but, in any case, it's an excellent book to carry when you're in Istanbul, probably the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A guide for the serious visitor 6 Feb 2010
'Strolling through Istanbul' is a full and authoritative architectural guide. We shall use it on our future visit to the city. Meanwhile, we would warn that, while there are local maps in the various chapters, the visitor will also need a good map of the old city in order to find the way to each quarter that Freely describes. The book is not for the casual visitor, and everyone will also need a general guidebook (e g the Rough Guide to Istanbul).
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5.0 out of 5 stars holiday extra 1 Sep 2010
By Ros
If you want to get more out of your sightseeing trip to Istanbul then this is the book for you. A bit heavy to carry around all day but as areas are clearly and sensiblely divided up, you could always break up the book and just take out sections each day.
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By Tilly
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On our recent trip to Istanbul, we found this book the best guide to the many historic sights of the city. The chapters are arranged by area and involve a detailed walking tour of the streets, with comments on ancient and modern buildings not covered by the usual guide book, as well as the main sites. We discovered many hidden gems. The style is scholarly but very readable. The book went everywhere with us and enhanced our visit. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 18 Oct 2013
By Martina
There is more than i was expected.
Just one example: Did you know that the architect of bulding of British embassy in İstanbul is the same architect of Westminister.
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3.0 out of 5 stars English, Please 15 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not bad, but really need more English translations of the areas shown on the maps and schematics. Too confusing for someone who has not been to the area before.
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