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Episode 3

In the final episode, Simon discovers surprises in Istanbul as it rose to become the imperial capital and Islam's most powerful city. Visiting the great mosques and palaces built by the Ottoman emperors, he tells the stories behind them - of royal concubines, murderous bodyguards and sultans both the powerful and the depraved. He shows how the Christians, Muslims and Jews of the city once co-existed before the waves of nationalist rebellions brought the Ottoman empire to its knees. In the 20th century the ancient capital was once more transformed by the new secular vision of Ataturk.

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1 hour

Last on

Tue 6 Mar 2018 22:00


Role Contributor
PresenterSimon Sebag Montefiore
ProducerGraham Johnson
DirectorGraham Johnson
Executive ProducerMike Smith