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 existence. ""Well worthy a read.""-Irish Echo 7/2011
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He said, ‘All things, whether created beings or man-made structures, are beautiful either on the inside or on the outside. Rarely are the two beauties found together. But both the interior and the exterior of this mosque were constructed with such grace and refinement. ’ I asked. ‘To be sure,’ they answered, ‘that is a larger building, constructed with brick, and an ancient work, solid and well-built for its time. But this is a finer construction in terms of grace, elegance, and beauty. ’ In fact, they say that every ten miskals of stone used in this mosque cost one gold piece.
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. [1 line empty] The Armenians have three churches. [1 line empty] And the Jews have two synagogues. , Christians). As for the infidel quarters, they are patrolled day and night, because they have girded their loins for rebellion more than once, and many of them were put to the sword.
The Prophet recited Ya Sin (Sura 36) in the uzzal musical mode with a doleful voice, al-Nasr (Sura 110) three times, and the Mu‘avvizeteyn. Bilal recited a Fatiha. ’ He told me to kiss his blessed hand. ’ He recited a Fatiha, and all the noble Companions recited it after him. I kissed the hands of everyone present in the assembly and received each one’s blessing. Some of their hands smelled of musk, some of ambergris, some of hyacinths, some of roses, some of sweet basil, some of wild basil, some of violets, some of carnations.
An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels of Evliya Celebi by Robert Dankoff