Vámbéri put his linguistic passion to use when, as an enthusiastic admirer of the Orient, he made his first trip to Asia in 1857, and a second one in 1861. Vámbéri visited sites that Europeans reached only with great difficulty, like Armenia, Persia and Turkestan.
Vámbéri can be considered the first scientifically educated European who visited western and central Asia. Moreover, he travelled there at a time when the region still retained its medieval character and independence. Shortly afterwards, it fell into the sphere of ever-expanding Russia, and this was probably a factor behind Vámbéri’s visit to London, where big fears of Russian expansion prevailed.
In this postcard from the 1950s, we can see the main street of Dunajská Streda.
9. Jun 2014 at 0:00 | By Branislav Chovan