By Robert Dankoff
Evliya Celebi used to be the seventeenth century's so much diligent, adventurous, and sincere recorder, whose puckish wit and humor are laced all through his ten-volume masterpiece. This fresh translation brings Evliya sparklingly again to lifestyles. ""Well worthy a read.""-Irish Echo 7/2011
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It is on a dyke; the gate is reached by a staircase of seven steps. Near it is the Venetian church. It had burnt down, and lay in ruins for twenty years until it was restored at the time of the Candia truce (1669) by permission of Köprülüzade Ahmed Pasha. It has a sky-scraping square bell tower. Inside and outside these churches, there are strange and wonderful images and icons that seem to be alive. [2 lines empty] The Greeks have (—) churches. [1 line empty] They have one hospital according to their false claim.
Several facetious letters were written in reply to the emissary’s letter, and he set out toward Revan (Erevan, part of the Safavid kingdom at that time). Meanwhile, the chief architect used the jewels to decorate the grooves of that minaret with artistry of all sorts, also for the marble roses decorating the inscriptions. This is why it is called the ‘Jewel Minaret’. Some of the stones shine when the sun’s rays strike, but others have faded and lost their lustre from exposure to 12 2. The Süleymaniye Mosque the heat, snow, and rain.
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