Evliya Çelebi Way
The Evliya Çelebi Way is a cultural trekking route celebrating the early stages of the journey made in 1671 to Mecca by the eponymous Ottoman Turkish gentleman-adventurer, Evliya Çelebi. Evliya travelled the Ottoman Empire and beyond for some 40 years, leaving a 10 volume account of his journeys.
The Evliya Çelebi Way is a c.600 km-long trail for horse-riders, hikers and bikers. It begins at Hersek (a village in Altınova district), on the south coast of the Izmit Gulf, and traces Evliya's pilgrimage journey via Iznik, Yenişehir, Inegöl, Kütahya (his ancestral home), Afyonkarahisar, Uşak, Eski Gediz, and Simav. (Heavy urbanisation prevents the Way entering either Istanbul, from where he set out in 1671, or Bursa).
The Evliya Çelebi Way was inaugurated in autumn 2009 by a group of Turkish and British riders and academics. A guidebook to the route, both English and Turkish, includes practical information for the modern traveller, day-by-day route descriptions, maps, photos, historical and architectural background, notes on the environment, and summaries of Evliya's description of places he saw when he travelled in the region, paired with what the visitor may see today.
- Evliya Çelebi on the Ottoman Historian's Database
- http://www.evliyacelebiway.com vendor of the Evliya Çelebi Way guidebook.
- Yücel Dağlı, Seyit Ali Kahraman, Robert Dankoff (2004). Evliya Çelebi Seyahatnamesi,. vol.9 (modern Turkish transcription) Istanbul: YapıKredi Yayınları.
- Dankoff, Robert (2004). An Ottoman Mentality. The World of Evliya Çelebi. Leiden: Brill.
- Robert Dankoff & Sooyong Kim (2010). An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels of Evliya Celebi. London: Eland Books.
- Caroline Finkel (2011). Evliya Çelebi: Traveller's Tales. History Today, vol.61 issue 11.