He was traveling and writing too, born in 1611, mainly about the Ottoman empire, and that for about 40 years. His writings are, though in parts exagerated and fabulous, still a good source for the Ottoman lifestyle in the 17th century. Everywhere he passed he left a soup-kitchen for the folks following his traces. His writings in several volumes are called „Seyahatname“. Celebi (a honorific name meaning „gentleman“, don’t confond him with the legendary aviator Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi – actually the first man flying! from Galata tower to Üsküdar, means from Europe to Asia), who’s real name was Mehmed Zilli, was born in Constantinople. His wealthy father came from Kütaya, his mother was Abkhazian. Evliya Çelebi traces his paternal genealogy back to Sufi mystics.
The first volume of “Seyahatname” is about Constantinople and treats its buildings, markets customs and culture. We need his description more and more because of the disappearing past of İstanbul. His travels took him to Anatolia, the Balkans, to Greece and Azerbaijan, and then as far as Vienna (where he was completely astonished seeing men take their hat off in front of women), Rotterdam (where he claims to have seen native Americans, Egypt and Sudan. A Herodot of modern times!
As a smart reader of the Quran he made jokes about Islam, in that way more modern than people today, where you would get killed doing this.
But especially he is still useful for today’s linguists because he took examples of every language he met, we have special knowledge about Caucasian languages from him, then he found similarities in between German words and those from Persia…
He died 1682 or in Constantinople or in Cairo.