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Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities is a documentary series taking us through more than 3,000 years of spiraling history in Istanbul. This is a city which has been known by many names including Byzantium, Constantinople, and today of course as Istanbul. This modern name derives from the Greek phrase ‘meaning to the city’ because all roads really did lead here as it is the cross roads of East and West. Today Istanbul is a megalopolis of 15 million people. It straddles the mighty Bosphorus strait, it arcs over Islam and Christianity, and it tries to balance modernity and antiquity. I visited Istanbul earlier this year and I must say the history is staggering. This place is a crucible of culture.

 

 

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