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This is the introductory chapter of Constantinople to Córdoba, which charts the history of the dismantling, destruction and recycling of the architecture and antiquities of the Greek and Roman world from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century in the Crescent from Constantinople to Córdoba. It includes the beginnings of mass tourism around the middle of the 19th century, which itself provides a rich harvest of accounts. Modernisation entailed great changes to the classical landscape, not only through the continuing search for building materials, but also because of the impulse to tidy things up to a classical state, and get rid of later additions. Travellers and archaeologists who viewed the re-use of ancient monuments were often adversely judgmental about what they considered mis-use in re-use, so to speak.

Keywords:ancient monuments; antiquities; constantinople; Córdoba; mass tourism; modernisation; Roman world

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