Ann Pierpont's book is the definitive
walking guide to the architectural
monuments of Ottoman
Splendors of Istanbul:
Houses and Palaces Along the Bosphorus
This sumptuous book by author Chris
Hellier and photographer Francesco
Venturi is your
best companion on the Bosphorus
cruise that every visitor to Istanbul must
make. You'll pass palaces and yalis
(waterside wooden mansions), from the
gilded palaces of Topkapi, Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi to the refined, graceful
mansions of the Ottoman upper class.
Best of all, the book shows you photos
of the interiors as you pass the exteriors.
Published by Abbeville Press in 1993,
the 228-page, 3.8-pound (1.72-kilo)
book is unfortunately now out of print.