From Aleppo to Basra


in The Travels and Journal of Ambrosio Bembo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249387
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940130 | DOI:
From Aleppo to Basra

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Bembo and his team dressed in Turkish fashion in ordinary clothes to attract less attention and to spend less on the day of their departure on January 3, 1673. They all pretended to be clergy since these local people were more accustomed to see religious people travelling on their missions and because it was safter to travel in this way in Turkey. The morning of the 15th, four hours before daylight, they continued over possible roads, across which flow many streams. Two hours before their arrival, they saw the city from the top of a mountain, after which there was a good road. From there, Bembo immediately sent someone to advise the Capuchin fathers of their arrival. They came right away and led him with a great deal of courtesy to their hospice. They gave them good rooms that had floors covered with rugs, with good beds placed on the floor, as was the custom of the country.

Keywords: Turkey; mission; Capuchin; hospice; Turkish fashion

Chapter.  23261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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