Istanbul in Travelbooks

Ayşe. Kapucu Yavuz
2021 Zenodo  
Being the capital of empires, Istanbul has always attracted attention by creating an attraction thanks to its natural advantages in terms of defense and trade. Since it was the first settlement as a city, it has embraced very different nations and cultures, allowing them to add innovations to itself. Thus, it took shape, the works were equipped and transformed. A lot of research is still being done to have information about the historical and cultural accumulation of the city. In the past, when
more » ... information was distributed much more slowly than today, the information that travelers gave about the places they saw with the notes they kept was interesting. Travel books have been an important source of reference to access details about the daily life, climate, and architecture in different periods in Istanbul's past, and the cultural attitudes of the people living in the city. When the travel books that have survived to the present day and translated into our language are examined, there is a chance to get general information about the city, although there are subjective comments. Traveling to Istanbul for different purposes, conveying their observations in line with their personal interests also creates an opportunity in terms of obtaining qualified information on different issues. The fact that some travelers support their notes with their drawings creates a visual memory of the period of the visit. Travels based on different reasons, such as an adventure driven by curiosity, a stopover on the pilgrimage route, or the performance of a professional task, have been instrumental in accessing information that sheds light on our day. This study aims to open a new perspective from the eyes of travelers who come to Istanbul and convey information about the city, and to evaluate the city through the aforementioned notes. Before Istanbul came under the rule of the Roman Empire, it was started to work with the notes of Strabon (b. 63.64 BC - d. 23 AD), which has survived from the years when it was known as Byzantion. The trav [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.7105965 fatcat:sykr6sutsbelzjp7dz4d6t2phm