Istanbul where East meets West, once called Byzantium and Constantinople is an ancient city with a rich history that today is blessed with a tremendous ensemble of architecture and monuments the likes Hagia Sophia, Top Kapi Palace, Great Bazaar, Pera Palace Hotel, Theodosian Walls and much more. It is spectacularly located on the strategic Bosporus strait. Founded in 660 BCE, and renamed as Constantinople in 330 CE, the city grew in size and influence at the Silk Road and it is one of the most important cities in history. It served as an imperial capital for almost sixteen centuries, during the Roman/Byzantine (330–1204), Latin (1204–1261), Byzantine (1261–1453), and Ottoman (1453–1922) empires. Join this stunning visual tour of Istanbul.
KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for just on thirty years. This role sees him responsible for the school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty and public relations.
An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto: ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’. His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history and international relations. Kenneth has a passion for travel, food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life!