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The Western Shores of Turkey Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts by John Freely

The Western Shores of Turkey Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts


The Western Shores of Turkey Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts by John Freely

The Western coast of Turkey has captivated travellers for centuries. With its dramatic mountains and idyllic bays and promontories, scattered with ancient ruins, it is not only one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but is also of great historical interest. The Western Shores of Turkey is the distillation of a succession of journeys that John Freely made along this coast - an odyssey spanning a quarter of a century. From Istanbul to Antakya (Antioch) on the Syrian border, he discovered both the charm of modern Turkey and the wonders of its past. The result is both an informative guide and a remarkable travelogue for all who follow in his footsteps.


'John Freely, in this highly informative book, aims to provide an informal guide to the archaeological sites and historical monuments of this beautiful part of Asia Minor...and to evoke the spirit of these places for those who are embarking upon their own odysseys...he succeeds admirably in both.'
Geoffrey Page, Going Places

; 'The knowledge and experience which [John Freely] has compressed into his book make it remarkably authoritative and comprehensive...the record of a journey undertaken by a man effortlessly able to convey in depth the meaning of what he sees.
Marlene Frick, The Scotsman

About the Author

John Freely (1926-2017) was one of the most widely respected writers of travel books, histories and guides about Greece and Turkey. He is the author of The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades, The Ionian Islands, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice and the bestselling Strolling through Istanbul (all I.B.Tauris). He lives in Istanbul.

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Publication date

11th June 2004


John Freely

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks an imprint of I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.


405 pages


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