Byzantium: The Lost Empire (1997– )

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John Romer recreates the glory and history of Byzantium. From the Hagia Sophia in present-day Istanbul to the looted treasures of the empire now located in St. Marks in Venice.

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John Romer recreates the glory and history of Byzantium. From the Hagia Sophia in present-day Istanbul to the looted treasures of the empire now located in St. Marks in Venice.

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Spellbinding documentary
25 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The musical scores used in the background along with some of the archaeological sites creates a sort of magic that keeps me coming back to look at this documentary over and over again. The passion and diction of John Romer inspires the imagination and you really do get unique insights as your journey, with John Romer, through the sites.

A definite must-see if you ever have listed Istanbul, Turkey, on your bucket list of cities to see because I don't think you'll capture the depth of the sites as it's portrayed in the movie. A tourist guide wouldn't go into that much detail.

What would be an interesting trip would be go to Venice, Italy to see the Byzantine treasures, visit Rome and then go to Istanbul, Turkey or include these sites in an eastern Mediterranian tour after being primed by this documentary.

Even if you don't end up travelling, you won't see that part of the world the same way.


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