February 15, 2011

Edward Stourton explores the life and history of the Bosphorus, Istanbul.

BBC Radio 4 has a series of documentaries on the history of the Bosporus. Edward Stourton looks at that rich history and how the Bosporus works today.


Flowing through the heart of Istanbul, in Turkey, the Bosporus has been a flash point between cultures, religions and imperial powers for thousands of years; from the Roman and Byzantine Empires, to the clash between Islam and Christianity and the Cold War between the super powers of the East and West. The Bosporus has a rich and bloody history that’s inspired poets, writers and artists from around the world.

50,000 vessels make their way through the narrow straits every year – everything from small fishing boats to giant oil and gas tankers battles through the treacherous currents making it one of the busiest and most dangerous international waterways in the world.

Listen to part 1 of the documentary series on BBC: Edward Stourton explores the life and history of the Bosphorus, Istanbul.

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