How much can the artistic history of a great city tell us about its character?

Watch Secret Cities on BBC Select

This enjoyable BBC series combines travel, history and culture. Historians Dr Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke are your tour guides for a series of revealing city breaks that go beyond the guide books. From Baku, Barcelona and Beirut to Lisbon, Amsterdam and St Petersburg, get an art lovers’ guide to some of the most popular tourist destinations around Europe, learn about local architecture and the rich history of these famous cities.

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Secret Cities on BBC Select

These are the cities that tourists visit in their droves, but by veering off the beaten track, hidden secrets can be revealed. These are tales of power, rivalry, and subversion wrapped up in art and music. How is a city’s unseen character reflected in its cultural enterprises?

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BBC Select is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels, the Apple TV app and The Roku Channel for only $4.99 a month. Start a 7-day free trial and watch a range of acclaimed documentaries from the BBC and beyond. Restrictions apply*.

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