The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, an architecture museum in the French capital, has published a book dedicated to Istanbul, news agencies reported over the weekend.
Titled “Istanbul: Portrait of a City,” the book is the joint effort of renowned architectural historians Alain Borie and Pierre Pinon, the Anatolia news agency said. The book recounts four eras of architecture in Istanbul in four chapters, titled Byzantium in the Ancient Age and Medieval Era; Istanbul as an Ottoman City; Cosmopolitan Istanbul, and Modern Istanbul. The book includes many photographs, architectural sketches and engravings as well as a detailed list of architectural landmarks of the city.
Borie and Pinon indicate in the preface that Istanbul turned into a worldwide metropolis in the 2000s from a third-world city in the last century. The book also includes famous Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid’s projects for Istanbul.
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