In 1933 travel writer Robert Byron travelled across the Middle East to the tower of Qabus in Iran. Occasionally prejudiced and a little stuffy, this is however one of the founding books of modern travel writing, an architectural tour of the Middle East populated by eccentric figures and filled with amusing anecdotes of colonial bureaucrats. Includes Byron's original black and white photographs.
The archaic Byzantine traditions within the walls of Mount Athos are explored in detail. The author was among the first outsiders to portray the monastery's treasures and the monks' lifestyle in 1920s Greece.