March 25, 2011

Google celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Evliya Çelebi

Google celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Ottoman travel writer extraordinaire Evliya Çelebi on its Turkish homepage.


Evliya Çelebi was born in Istanbul in 1611 to a family from Kütahya. Coming from a wealthy family, he received an excellent education. He began his travels in Istanbul, taking notes on buildings, markets, customs and culture; in 1640, he started his first journey outside the city. 

His collection of notes from all of his travels formed a ten-volume work called the Seyahatname (Book of Travels). He died sometime after 1682; it is unclear whether he was in Istanbul or Cairo at the time. (Source: Wikipedia)

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