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Evliya Çelebi
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Date of Birth: 1611

Place of Birth: Istanbul

Date of Death: After 1687

Place of Death: Possibly Cairo


Apart from a few chance pieces of evidence, our only source on Evliya Çelebi’s life is his autobiographical Seyahatnâme (‘Book of travels’). He tells us there that he was born in Istanbul in 1611, and that his father was the imperial goldsmith. His father’s family came from Kütahya in central Anatolia, a…

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Finkel, Caroline, “Evliya Çelebi”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>

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