An Ottoman Traveller


Evliya Celebi is the greatest travel writer of the Ottoman Empire.  Born in Istanbul in 1611, he started travelling in 1640 and continued for over forty years, stopping eventually in Cairo where he died in about 1685.  He collected his lively and eclectiv observations into a ten-volume manuscript the Seyahatname, or Book of Travels.

This is a selection from that book.

'Evliya Celebi was the widest-eyed, most intensely curious ... and prolific travel writer the Ottoman world ever produced ... A proper edition of his massive work has long been overdue, and Robert Dankoff magnificently translates the highlights ... a book which is likely to change for ever our perceptions of the Ottoman Empire.' - William Dalrymple

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