In this rarest of rare issues, Anthony Bryer wonders at the miracle of Santa Sophia,
David Blayney Brown tells the story of
Sir David Wilkie’s fateful journey to Constantinople, Geordie Greig meets
Ara Güler’s phenomenal A-list.
Plus: The Lagonico sale, gardens of the Levant, ethereal Lake Eğirdir, boating on the Bosphorus and the quintessential quince
The European merchants of nineteenth-century Izmir built their gardens in Bornova, below the hills where they loved to shoot and fish. Rosemary Baldwin revisits the home of the Girauds and discovers a haunting reminder of a genteel era. Photographs by Bünyad Dinç
One thousand tons of loose glass cling suspended in the world’s largest unsupported brick dome, an architectural miracle and the last great monument of Roman architecture. By Anthony Bryer
A million windows gaze on to the fast moving waters of the Bosphorus. The beautiful and strategic straits divide a city and link two continents. But down by the water’s edge they are a world apart, a watery playground for seadogs, fishermen and commuters. By Rose Baring. Photographs by Francesco Venturi