Constantinople/Byzantium/Istanbul

As an outsider, I went on a tour of Istanbul a few years ago, and we travelled the City Walls for most of it's 14 kilometers. Only then did the length and depth of this beautiful City's history begin to dawn on me. Probably unparalleled by any other.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and the first President of Turkey. He is credited with being ... 55 mins

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was an Ottoman and Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and the first President of Turkey. He is credited with being ... 55 mins

Constantine IX Monomachos Emperor of Byzantium

Constantine IX Monomachos Emperor of Byzantium

Solidus 491–518 Made in Constantinople

Solidus 491–518 Made in Constantinople

Alexius II, Byzantine co-Emperor with his father John II , ca. 1122-1142, detail,    Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Alexius II, Byzantine co-Emperor with his father John II , ca. 1122-1142, detail, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Imperial Rome, Constantine the Great    307 - 337 AD. AE-Follis of 313 AD.

Imperial Rome, Constantine the Great 307 - 337 AD. AE-Follis of 313 AD.

602 AD was killed the Byzantine Emperor Maurice (582-602).His death was a turning point in the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. Maurice was an outstanding General and Emperor.Once he became Emperor, he brought the war with Persia to a victorious conclusion but the army mutinied and killed him and his family Maurice was murdered on 27 November 602 AD by mutinious Army.His death renewed the war with Persia, which weakened both sides

602 AD was killed the Byzantine Emperor Maurice (582-602).His death was a turning point in the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. Maurice was an outstanding General and Emperor.Once he became Emperor, he brought the war with Persia to a victorious conclusion but the army mutinied and killed him and his family Maurice was murdered on 27 November 602 AD by mutinious Army.His death renewed the war with Persia, which weakened both sides

Flag of the Young Turk movement, c. 1908 Embroidered in white: ”Adalet” (Justice), “Hürriyet” (freedom), “Müsavit” (equality), “Uhuvvet” (brotherhood) and “Ittihat” (unit).

Flag of the Young Turk movement, c. 1908 Embroidered in white: ”Adalet” (Justice), “Hürriyet” (freedom), “Müsavit” (equality), “Uhuvvet” (brotherhood) and “Ittihat” (unit).

Al Madina al Monera in the days of the Ottoman Empire

Al Madina al Monera in the days of the Ottoman Empire

Nestled between the Aya Sofia and the Topkapi Palace, lies a small cobblestoned street often overlooked by visitors to Istanbul.

Nestled between the Aya Sofia and the Topkapi Palace, lies a small cobblestoned street often overlooked by visitors to Istanbul.

Turkish Delight for sale in Turkey, Istanbul.

Turkish Delight for sale in Turkey, Istanbul.

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