This richly illustrated and thoroughly researched book takes the reader through the history of a fascinating city. As the capital of two great empires, Constantinople occupied a strategic political position between the West and the East for centuries and inspired artists from both cultures to create works of the very highest quality. All major cultural treasures of the city are described here, from the masterpieces of the early Christian period to the magnificent palaces and mosques of the Ottoman era and the architectural achievements of the nineteenth century.
Stephane Yerasimos, born in 1942 in Istanbul, is an architect, city planner and historian. He has lived in France since 1966, where he teaches at the University of Paris. From 1994 to 1999 he was the Director of the Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes in Istanbul. In France, Yerasimos has made a name for himself as chief editor of the reports of famous travellers to Asia and the Orient, including Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Jean Chardin and Joseph Pitton de Tournefort. His previous publications on the Orient have focused in particular on the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and the history of construction in Istanbul.