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The Evliya Çelebi Ride and Way Project

*NEW* Official Launch of the UNESCO Cultural Route, the Evliya Celebi Way in Bursa,Turkey, 11th Ocotber 2013


The Evliya Çelebi Project is an international project of historical re-enactment and cultural re-connection that has established

a UNESCO approved Cultural Route in Western Anatolia and plans more.

In honor of the 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Evliya Çelebi (1611-c.1685), UNESCO Man of the Year 2011, Turkey’s First Long-Distance Walking and Riding Route, The Evliya Celebi Way is now open.

The Evliya Çelebi Way is primarily an equestrian route designed to generate interest in Turkey’s vanishing horse culture, thereby reconnecting Turkish people today with their heritage. Combining the romance of horseback travel in remote but stunning landscapes with rediscovery of Turkey’s historical past, it should appeal to all who are concerned to preserve Turkey’s heritage through sustainable tourism.

The Evliya Çelebi Way has two connected goals:

To Re-Enact 

This project celebrates the life and work of Evliya Çelebi, one of Ottoman Turkey’s greatest writers, travellers and historians of everyday life. By following his hoofprints, we can discover what there is that can only be known by re-enactment. What do things look like from horseback? How do physical and logistical conditions of travelling in this way enable active engagement with local communities?

To Re-Connect 

The other central goal of this project is to re-connect Turkey today with its illustrious history of Equestrian Traditions. The Ottoman cavalry was world renowned. Early modern European travellers report their admiration for Ottoman horsemanship. Today horsebreeding and equestrian sports continue to thrive in remote rural areas. By furthering understanding of these equestrian knowledges and practices, this project celebrates an important but little known legacy of Turkish history.

For more information about the Evliya Celebi Way tourist route please click here.

The book THE EVLIYA CELEBI WAY Turkey’s First Long-Distance Walking and Riding Route is also available to buy online.


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Last Updated: 27/11/2013