By Lynn A. Levine
* Frommer's Turkey positive factors professional perception onall of the attractions and studies that look ahead to you.
* Our writer hits all of the highlights, from the eerie lunar panorama of Cappadocia, to the striking shorelines of the Turquoise Coast, to the traditional civilization at Ephesus.
* You'll find out how to navigate the chaotic bustle of Istanbul, purchase a rug and get the simplest deal, locate the easiest undiscovered ruins, and examine the fine details of having a Turkish bathtub. The consultant additionally comprises insider pointers on bargaining at bazaars and looking for hidden beaches.
* Readers additionally get language and etiquette tips, distinctive costs and instructions, logistical recommendation, targeted two-color maps, and masses extra.
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Extra resources for Frommer's Turkey (Frommer's Complete Guides) (7th Edition)
As the Turks conquered Christian lands and churches were converted into mosques, traditionally Byzantine ideas were crossing cultural barriers and finding their way into the Selçuk and Ottoman vocabulary. Ottoman architecture reached its zenith in the 16th century under Süleyman the Magnificent, in the expert hands of his master builder, Sinan. In the service of the sultan, Sinan built no fewer than 355 buildings and complexes throughout the empire, including the Süleymaniye, whose grand and cascading series of domes has become not only a defining feature of the Istanbul skyline but also a pinnacle in Ottoman architecture.
Nonetheless, two additional clashes with Russia culminated in the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca, which followed a 1774 victory by Catherine the Great. In addition to annexing European territories, the treaty granted the Russians extensive commercial privileges in the Black Sea, a diplomatic presence in Istanbul, and the protection of the Orthodox Christian faith on Turkish soil. The desire for territorial and economic dominance, along with the trafficking of loyalties, would characterize the Russian-Turkish conflict well into the 20th century.
A more recent analysis of modern problems and trends in Turkey, written from a Western insider’s point of view, is provided by Stephen Kinzer, former Istanbul bureau chief of the New York Times, in Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds. John Ash approaches the history of the city in Istanbul: The Imperial City by casting a lens on the more than 20 pivotal historical events or periods, beginning with the pre-classical era through to the present day. Another great read on the Byzantine empire is A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich’s condensed version of a three-volume epic about one of the most enduring empires on Earth.