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Johan Albrecht de Mandelslo

Johan Albrecht de Mandelslo

German travel writer
Johan Albrecht de Mandelslo
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Intro German travel writer
A.K.A. Mandelslo, Johan Albrecht von Mandelslo, Albrecht von Mandelsloh, Joha...
Was Diplomat Writer
From Germany
Type Literature Politics
Gender male
Birth 15 May 1616, Schönberg, Germany
Death 16 May 1644, Paris, France (aged 28 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Johann Albrecht de Mandelslo

Johan Albrecht de Mandelslo (1616–1644) was a seventeenth-century German adventurer, who wrote about his travels through Iran (Persia) and India. Born at Schönberg in Mecklenburg, Germany. After traveling to Isfahan with a diplomatic mission, he separated from the party and made his way to India, where he made interesting observations on the Mughal Empire, then ruled by Shah Jahan. In 1638, Mandelslo visited the ruins at Persepolis in Persia; his name and the year can be found inscribed in the Gate of All Nations at the entrance to the site. Arriving at the port of Surat in April 1638, he moved on to Ahmedabad and Agra. While his observations of life in the capital are useful, he apparently heard nothing about the Taj Mahal, then in its sixth year of construction. The omission may stem from his premature departure from the city, prompted by a chance meeting with the relative of a man he had killed in Persia. Fearing reprisals, he retreated to Lahore before continuing his journey through the empire's southern provinces and travelling on to the Far East. Mandelslo is an engaging and cheerful writer, whose enthusiasm for indiscriminately shooting wildlife (including snakes, buffalo and monkeys) did not endear him to his Indian travelling companions.

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