Cities of the Underworld: Istanbul

Cities of the Underworld: Istanbul

Posted On: December 28, 2011
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Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and exotic cities in the world. Once the capital city of three of the world’s most powerful empires–The Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman–its strategic location made it the perfect spot for empires to rise, fall…and rise again. Residents of Istanbul walk on top of remnants of these fallen civilizations…literally. Taxis drive over parts of Constantine’s Lost Great Palace; children play on cobblestone streets concealing a massive Byzantine dungeon; a high school sits on a 3rd century wall leading to the bowels of a 100,000 seat ancient Roman Hippodrome; and basement’s of old Ottoman homes lead to subterranean tunnels and secret cisterns. Join host Eric Geller as he leaves the buzz of the city streets behind and follows the pull of the past. Teamed with leading archeologists and experts, Eric peels back the layers of the past–to reveal a hidden history that hasn’t seen the light of day for age.