Istanbul Travel Guide: Hagia Sophia the Mosques of Istanbul (Turkey) [NOOK Book]

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Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.

In this Approach Guide, we explore the iconic church of Hagia Sophia (built 532-537) in Istanbul (then Constantinople), the religious center of the Byzantine Empire. Our discussion centers around the church’s history, its structural and design innovations, ...
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Istanbul Travel Guide: Hagia Sophia the Mosques of Istanbul (Turkey)

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Overview

Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.

In this Approach Guide, we explore the iconic church of Hagia Sophia (built 532-537) in Istanbul (then Constantinople), the religious center of the Byzantine Empire. Our discussion centers around the church’s history, its structural and design innovations, the inspiration for its innovative centralized floorplan (versus the prevalent basilican layout), and its world-class mosaics.

We then explore the church's legacy, particularly as an inspiration for the greatest of Ottoman architects, Koca Mimar Sinan (1491-1588). In this context, we profile Sinan's architectural style and his contribution to the Islamic architectural tradition; in order to provide a contextual framework for Sinan’s work, we provide also provide a primer on the fundamentals of mosque architecture.

We hope you enjoy what we believe is a totally unique cultural guide to the legacy of one the world greatest churches and wish you a wonder-filled cultural experience!

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What started as one couple's travel notes aimed at filling in the gaps in guidebooks has become ApproachGuides.com, a menu of downloadable travel guides that cover cultural and historical topics of interest to thoughtful travelers.  What's hot: Bite-sized travel guides that specialize in topics ranging from 29 pages on the foods of Italy to one that helps you explore the historical and architectural significance of Angkor's famous temple structures in Cambodia.
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Compulsive (and compulsively informed) travelers, the Raezers are the masterminds behind the downloadable Approach Guides, which are filled with a university course-worth of history and insights for 62 destinations worldwide. WHY WE LOVE IT: The Raezers share our desire for deep, well-researched information on the wonders of the world.
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What started as one couple's travel notes aimed at filling in the gaps in guidebooks has become ApproachGuides.com, a menu of downloadable travel guides that cover cultural and historical topics of interest to thoughtful travelers.  What's hot: Bite-sized travel guides that specialize in topics ranging from 29 pages on the foods of Italy to one that helps you explore the historical and architectural significance of Angkor's famous temple structures in Cambodia.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012370594
  • Publisher: www.approachguides.com
  • Publication date: 6/9/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 830,126
  • File size: 5 MB

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Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.
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