ADFAS Lecture – Constantinople and Istanbul: A Tale of Two Cities

Archaeologist, interpreter and lecturer, Sue Rollin’s linguistic repertoire includes three ancient Near-Eastern languages and several modern European ones. She has taught at UCL, SOAS and Cambridge University and interpreted for the EU and UN. With Jane Streetly she has written two books, Blue Guide: Jordan, as well as Istanbul: A Travellers’ Guide.

Constantinople and Istanbul, two names for one city, which straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, Byzantine imperial capital for 1000 years then capital city of the Ottoman Turks. Minarets and domes of Turkish mosques dominate the skyline, the waters of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus lap its shores. A stroll through the streets reveals the city’s diverse and magnificent heritage. Byzantine churches with colourful mosaics, Ottoman mosques with beautiful tilework, the luxurious palaces of the sultans, elegant fountains, bathhouses and bustling covered markets make Istanbul one of the most fascinating cities in the world.