Evliya Çelebi in Vezirköprü

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In February 1648, the famous Ottoman travel writer Evliya Çelebi, travelling with the army of Defterderzade Mehmet Paşa made a stopover of several weeks in Merzifon. From here, he undertook two journeys across the mountains to the city of Köprü (now Vezirköprü, Samsun province). The account of Evliya’s visits to Köprü in the second book of his Seyahatname provide an important source for the topography of Vezirköprü and its region in the early modern period. Through a close reading of Evliya’s account and a comparison with Joseph von Hammer’s abridged translation (1850), this study demonstrates that while his description of the city itself is partly based on Evliya’s first-hand observations, the following description of the area to the west of Vezirköprü is not, and that Hammer’s reconstruction of Evliya’s itinerary is in error. On his first visit, Evliya spent a whole day in Vezirköprü, then returned to Merzifon by the direct route across the Tavşan mountains, not – as Hammer assumes – by way of Göl, Kargı and Tosya.

TidsskriftCEDRUS: The Journal of Mediterranean Civilisations Studies
Sider (fra-til)459-472
StatusUdgivet - 2021


  • Evliya Çelebi
  • Vezirköprü
  • osmannerriget
  • rejselitteratur
  • Merzifon


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