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A Private Grand Tour
A selective guide to the art and architecture of Turkey by Francis Russell, a Christie’s specialist in old master paintings who has been visiting Turkey for more than thirty years. With 123 recommended destinations, he provides an itinerary that covers the best sites in tourist centres such as Istanbul, and all the major Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine sites. He also provides extensive coverage of Armenian and Georgian churches, Seljuk and Ottoman monuments and the great buildings of Islamic Turkey. While much of the book focuses on the popular south-western coast, his recommendations also extend across the vast plains of Anatolia to the East to places easily accessible by road. Russell’s deep understanding of the history and culture of the country and his eye for detail make him a delightfully erudite travelling companion, while the illustrations complement his descriptions.
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