Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

featuring Peter White's "Bullseye"

Built around the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul uniquely sits on two continents– Europe and Asia. This location, at the nexus of various cultures and trade routes, has had a great impact on the city’s history. Originally a Greek city, it was conquered by the Romans, who sought to make a “new Rome” on its desirable location. It was then conquered by the Ottoman Empire, who held it until the end of World War I.

Today, Istanbul is the largest city in the independent republic of Turkey, but its frequent changes in ownership have made a lasting impression on its architecture. For example, the prominent Hagia Sophia– once the largest cathedral in the world– was built as an Orthodox Christian church, then converted to a Catholic cathedral, then to a mosque (with the addition of the striking minarets), and finally, after Turkish independence, became a museum.

Peter White is an English smooth jazz guitarist who played with several artists, including a 20-year span as accompanist and writer for Al Stewart, before launching a solo career in 1990. With several Top 10 jazz albums under his belt, White is a frequent winner of the National Smooth Jazz Award for Best Guitarist.

Links

Istanbul: European Capital of Culture
Wikipedia article: Istanbul
Go Turkey: Turkey’s Official Tourism Portal
Peter White Official Site


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