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Byzantium – A Tale of Three Cities episode 3

Byzantium - A Tale of Three Cities episode 3: 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…

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Byzantium – A Tale of Three Cities episode 2

Byzantium - A Tale of Three Cities episode 2: In the second episode he explores modern Istanbul in search of the last desperate centuries of Christian Byzantium, in which the once glorious city was buffeted by enemies from both east and west and yet still produced a golden artistic renaissance. This is story of the Christian crusaders who destroyed the city, and the Ottoman Muslims who restored it to life as an imperial capital after the epic siege of 1453.…

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Byzantium – A Tale of Three Cities episode 1

Byzantium - A Tale of Three Cities episode 1 : Simon Sebag Montefiore charts the rise of Istanbul from pagan trading post to capital of three empires and two religions, becoming not only holy but the most coveted city in the world.     Simon Sebag Montefiore traces the sacred history of Istanbul. Known as the 'city of the world's desire', it's a place that has been the focus of passion for believers of three different faiths - Paganism, Christianity…

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How to Build a Cathedral

How to Build a Cathedral: The great cathedrals were the wonders of the medieval world - the tallest buildings since the pyramids and the showpieces of medieval Christianity. Yet they were built at a time when most of us lived in hovels.     Architectural historian Jon Cannon explores who the people were that built them and how they were able to achieve such a bold vision.   How to Build a Cathedral   Cathedrals were massive buildings built for…

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A History of Christianity episode 6 – God in the Dock

A History of Christianity episode 6: Diarmaid MacCulloch's own life story makes him a symbol of a distinctive feature about Western Christianity - scepticism, a tendency to doubt which has transformed both Western culture and Christianity.     A History of Christianity episode 6 - God in the Dock   In the final programme in the series, he asks where that change came from. He challenges the simplistic notion that faith in Christianity has steadily ebbed away before the relentless…

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