The Sultan's Istanbul on Five Kurush a Day
- ISBN 9780500251935
- 20.00 x 13.50 cm
- 92 Illustrations, 18 in colour
- First published 2013
‘The latest addition to a cleverly conceived series of travel books … the history of Istanbul is painlessly, playfully and concisely conveyed’ – The Times
Welcome to the exotic world of Istanbul in the year 1750!
Palaces & mosques, coffee houses and baths – this is your pocket guide to the city of the Sultans
Entertaining and informative, it takes you on a journey back to the days of the Grand Tour, when Istanbul was a favourite destination for enterprising travellers.
It's impossible not to be in awe of the palaces and mosques of the Ottomans, and the achievements of the Byzantines who preceded them – not least the majestic basilica of Ayasofya.
• Gain access to the heavily guarded Topkapi Sarayi and find out the truth about the charms of the concubines in the harem
• Haggle with the salesmen in the bazaars, learn what excitements await you in a Turkish bath
• Attend the strange rituals of the whirling dervishes
• The more daring can see the slave market, join the crowds at an execution or taste the forbidden delicacies in the risqué coffee houses and opium dens.
There has never been a better time to visit the amazing city of Istanbul!
Charles FitzRoy is the author of Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day, a companion to this volume, as well as numerous other books on history and travel – including Italy: A Grand Tour for the Modern Traveller and Italy Revealed. He runs Fine Art Travel, which organizes tours all over Europe, including Istanbul.