By Robert Dankoff

ISBN-10: 1906011583

ISBN-13: 9781906011581

Evliya Celebi used to be the seventeenth century's such a lot 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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In this factory are 100 bronze mortars, each weighing ten quintals; and various wheelwork mechanisms that have to be seen and cannot be explained in words. There are also water wheels on the river. When the barrages are opened, the water wheels turn, as do the wheelworks inside them. Then iron pestles, each weighing 40 to 50 okkas, pound and grind the gunpowder in the mortars, while the workers stir it with wooden sticks. Heaven help us, if an iron pestle strikes a mortar and a spark lights the gunpowder, all the workers get blown in the air like the birds of Ababil (105:3).

The prayer-niche and pulpit and the muezzins’ gallery are made of pure white marble. But the master stonecutter set the muezzins’ gallery above (—) columnettes so that it is like the galleries of paradise. The lofty pulpit is made of raw marble and has a crown-like canopy, matched only by the pulpit in the Sinop mosque. And the prayer-niche could be that of Solomon himself. Above the niche, gold on azure by the hand of Karahisari, is inscribed the verse, Whenever Zacharias visited her in the Niche (3:37).

Later, in order to quarter the shepherds, a fortress-like shelter was built near the present-day Kurşumlu Mahzen (‘Lead-Covered Magazine’). And so Galata became more and more built up, until the reign of (—). {It is north of Istanbul, and a mile-wide strait separates them. It is eighteen miles long, reaching Kağıthane at its western extremity. One crosses from Stanbul to Galata by caique, ferry, or barge. } […] Circumference of the walled town of Galata. Its circuit is 10,060 paces. In the year (—) (1634), when Sultan Murad IV went on his expedition to Revan, his lieutenant Bayram Pasha repaired and whitewashed the walls of Galata and measured them with an architect’s cubit.

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