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Galatz


Descriptions of the city    EN

Author: ARDELEANU KONSTANTIN
Authors-Travellers EN
Parks/Gardens

Being placed on the maritime Danube along important terrestrial and fluvial routes, Galaţi was visited by a large number of travellers, especially after the introduction of passenger steamers plying between Vienna and Constantinople in the 1830s. Many of such travel accounts are referred to in the large collections “Călători străini despre Ţările Române” [Foreign Travellers on the Romanian Principalities] (11 volumes) and “Călători străini despre Ţările Române în secolul al XIX-lea” [Foreign Travellers on the Romanian Principalities in the 19th Century] (8 volumes so far). Some of the importance references to Galaţi are also included in a separate volume[1].

The authors below are those travellers whose comments on Galaţi are more consistent.

List of travelers and/or locals

Name of traveler

Date

Book title

Pages

Key words

William Hunter

1792

Travels Through France, Turkey, and Hungary, to Vienna, in 1792, vol. I, third edition (London: J. White, 1803).

375–380

Military occupations

Adam Neale

1805

Travels through Some Parts of Germany, Poland, Moldavia and Turkey (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818).

174–175

Monastery, shipping, shipyard

William Wilkinson

1810s

William Wilkinson, An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1820).

79–92

Market, commodities, administration

Charles Boileau Elliott

1835

Charles Boileau Elliot, Travels in the Three Great Empires of Austria, Russia, and Turkey, vol. I (London: Richard Bentley, 1838).

203–206

Trade, commodities, houses, population

James Baillie Fraser

1836

James Baillie Fraser, Narrative of the Residence of the Persan Princes in London, vol. I (London: Samuel Bentley, 1838).

188–194

City description, streets, houses

Charles William Vane

1839

Charles William Vane, Marquis of Londonderry, A Steam Voyage to Constantinople by the Danube and Rhine in 1840–1841 and in Portugal, Spain etc. in 1839, vol. I (London: Henry Colburn, 1842).

146–153

City description, trade, commodities, shipping

Laurence Oliphant

1852

Laurence Oliphant, The Russian Shores of the Black Sea in the Autumn of 1852 (London: W. Blackwood, 1853).

347–351

Industries, cheap prices

Warington Wilkinson Smyth

1852

Warington Wilkinson Smyth, A Year with the Turks or Sketches of Travel in the European and Asiatic Dominions of the Sultan (New York: Redfield, 1853).

32–34

City description, improvements

Virgil Doze

1857

Virgil Doze, Un mois en Moldavie (Brussels, Paris, Leipzig: Meline, Cans et Cie, La librairie nouvelle, Alphonse Durr, 1857)

41–51

Decription, population, political issues

A.G.

1857–1858

A.G., Notes de voyages. De Naples au Pyree – Athènes – Smyrne (Paris: Librairie F. Derouet, 1859)

67–68

General description, steamers

Wilhelm Philipp Hamm

1858–1859

Dr. Wilhelm Hamm, Suedostliche Steppen und Staedte. Nach eigener Anschauung (Frankfurt am Main: I. D. Sauerlaender’s Verlag, 1862)

14–34

Description, hotels, population, harbour, merchants

Adèle Hommaire de Hell

1868

Adèle Hommaire de Hell, A travers le monde. La Vie orientale. La Vie créole, etc. (Paris: Didier et Cie, 1870).

353–365

Population, description, streets, houses, society, theatre

 


[1] Marian Stroia, Ştefan Stanciu, Oraşul Galaţi în relatările călătorilor străini (De la începuturile sale până la 1848) (Galaţi: Editura Biblioteca Bucureştilor, 2004).


References

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Archival sources:

Bibliography:

Călători străini despre Ţările Române [Foreign Travellers on the Romanian Principalities] (Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române, 1968–2001) (11 volumes) (travel accounts up to 1800).

Călători străini despre Ţările Române în secolul al XIX-lea [Foreign Travellers on the Romanian Principalities in the 19th Century] (Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române, 2004–2015) (8 volumes so far).

Stroia, Marian, Stanciu, Ştefan, Oraşul Galaţi în relatările călătorilor străini (De la începuturile sale până la 1848) [The City of Galaţi in the Descriptions of Foreign Travellers (From Its Beginnings until 1918)] (Galaţi: Editura Biblioteca Bucureştilor, 2004).


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