Blue Guides: Complete Cultural Guides -- Long-awaited new edition of the Blue Guide to this fascinating city, which straddles Europe and the Orient and whose history goes back to the days of ancient Greece. Superb coverage of all the major monuments, Classical, Christian and Islamic, with details on how to get around a busy city, what to eat and where to stay. Illustrations to inform rather than to decorate: maps, diagrams, floor plans, architectural details, photographs. -- "Often plagiarised by other guide writers, Blue Guides have always been a gold standard for accuracy and depth" Daily Telegraph. "Guide books in the grand tradition of thoroughness and objectivity" Georgia Review.
History of Istanbul; Byzantine art and architecture; Ottoman art and architecture; Geography of Istanbul; The guide: Yeni Cami and the Spice Bazaar; The First Hill and Hippodrome; Haghia Sophia; Topkapi Sarayi and Haghia Eirene; The Archaeological Museums and Gulhane Park; The Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet district; Divan Yolu Caddesi and Beyazit Camii; The Market Quarter and Suleymaniye; Ordu Caddesi and Sehzade Camii; Fatih Camii and the Zeyrek district; Yavuz Selim Camii and the old Fifth Hill; Kariye Muzesi and its district; The Seventh Hill; The Land Walls; The Golden Horn; Galata and Beyoglu; The European shore of the Bosphorus; The Asian side; The Princes' Islands; Practical information; Glossary; Byzantine emperors; Ottoman sultans; Ecumenical patriarchs; Index; maps & plans: City maps; Istanbul overview; The Princes' Islands; Uskudar; The Bosphorus; The old city street atlas; The old city and its environs; Eyup; Plans: Archaeological Museum; Beyazit Camii; Blue Mosque; Cagaloglu Hamami; Fatih Camii; Fethiye Camii; Grand Bazaar; Haghia Eirene; Haghia Sophia; Hippodrome; Kariye (St Saviour in Chora); Kucuk Ayasofya Camii; Mahmut Pasa Camii; Sehzade Camii;Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Camii; Suleymaniye; Theodosian Walls;Topkapi Sarayi; Topkapi Harem;Yeni Cami.