Introduction by Ömer Koç

This is a large-format deluxe edition that incorporates facsimile reproductions of visual and textual materials that have been selected from rare books on Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire that were published in Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries. Among the detailed illustrations are architectural and panoramic views, maps, and depictions of social customs and of the costumes and paraphernalia of the Ottoman court and military establishment. ‹stanbul: Capital of Empires is truly a collector's item intended for the serious bibliophile.

200 pages measuring 48 by 33.5 cms, it is offered in two different specially-bound versions. One is a very limited edition that is exquisitely bound in embossed leather and presented in a slipcase covered in an Ottoman-style velvet woven in Venice. The other is bound in Suedel, a velvet-like material.

This site contains selections of the work by world renowned photographer Ahmet Ertug, whose camera takes the viewer through a fantastic world of aesthetics:Great architectural monuments like Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the 13th century mosaics of Chora and the 6-13th century frescoes of Cappadocia, the sublime buildings of Sinan, 16th century Iznik tiles, Ottoman sultans' silk kaftans, the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, and Buddha statues from Musée Guimet are all photographed with great passion.

Copyright Ahmet Ertug 2008