Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities is a History Documentary programme.

Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities is a 4 star programme

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Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities

Series in which historian 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 and Islam - and for nearly 3,000 years its streets have been the battleground for some of the fiercest political and religious conflicts in history. In the first episode, Montefiore uncovers the city's ancient Greek roots, maps its transformation into the imperial capital of a Christian empire by Emperor Constantine the Great and reveals how ecclesiastical clashes forced eastern and western churches apart. episode 1.

Genre: History Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

4/5 Stars

When is Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 February 20th, 10:00pm and on BBC 4 February 27th, 10:00pm. See more...