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Paul of Aleppo

Travel itinerary

N.I. Zharkikh

Thanks description is detailed enough we can compile a fairly detailed itinerary of travel. We present it with maximum of details for reference.

Locations that Paul recorded in phonetic way, was primarily decrypted in the Murkos' translation with indication of matches that were pursued in the late 19 century. These transcripts practically unobjectionable, so in our list are placed they (not the original writings of Paul). Many of the names without any problems can be found on contemporary maps: yes, I used for Turkey general geographic map measure 1 cm: 20 km, for Romania – general geographic map measure 1 cm: 25 km, for Ukraine – regional geographic maps measure 1 cm: 2 km, for Russia – regional administrative maps measure 1 cm: 4 km. Those names which I found on these maps, I have identified italics [in square brackets I'm writing contemporary name]. Other names, I think, can be found using maps of larger measure (the benefit they are no longer secret).

Entries are grouped according to modern state borders (not the borders of 17 century!).

Syria (1652)

Turkey (1652 – 1653's)

Romania (1653 – 1654's)

Ukraine (1654)

Russia (1654 – 1656's)

Ukraine (1656)

Romania (1656 – 1658's)

Turkey (1658 – 1659's)

Syria (1659)

Syria

So, July 9, 1652 Paul and Macarius left Aleppo.

July 22 – August 5, 1652 – they stayed in Antioch ([Antakya]);

Turkey

General map of Paul's of Aleppo trip

General map of Paul's of Aleppo trip
The map was prepared by Dmitri Vortman

August 5, 1652 – came to Alexandretta [Iskenderun]; Payas; Jisr Albarnas; Kapn Kapy; Kurd-Kulak [Kurtkulaği]; Misis;

August 14 – 29, 1652 – they stayed in Adana; further – Bayram Pasha; Kozluk Khan [Kozoluk]; Kolyk [Gülek]; Takyr [Akçtekir ?]; Sultan Khan; Chyfta Khan [Çiftehan];

September 1 – 8, 1652 – Bor; Kyrvan; Kara Bunar [Karapinar]; Ismil;

September 11, 1652 – Konya; Ladyk; Balkam; Kaplydzha.

September 18, 1652 – Ak-Shehr [Akşehir]; Isakly [Ishakly]; Bulvuden [Bolvadin];

September 24, 1652 – Eski-Shehr [Eskişehir]; Buz-Oyuk [Bozüyük], Yeni-Shehr [Yenişehir]; Bazardzhyk [Pazardzhik];

September 28 – October 12, 1652 – Brusa [Bursa]; Mudanya (on the coast of the Marmara Sea); then October 16 sailed by sea to Constantinople: Prynkype; Scutari [Üsküdar];

October 20 – November 29, 1652 – Istanbul.

November 29 – December 14, 1652 – Neohori (Yeni Cay), waiting for the ship.

December 17, 1652 – Therapy, here the ship was detained by wind, and Macarius with Paul returned to Constantinople.

January 7, 1653 – away from Therapy. Phanar. Next to 10 January they sailed to Constanta.

Romania

January 10 – 12, 1653 – Kyustendzhy [Constanta] (rowed 300 miles from Constantinople, to the mouth of the Danube has remained 500 miles, Black Sea is in the vicinity of 8000 miles). Iniklitsa – on the island of the Danube. Machyn [Măcin]. Then sailed down the Danube.

January 17 – 19, 1653 – Galaţi. Vastanakodzhu (Tecuci?).

January 22, 1653 – Bârlad. Vaslui. Skintey [Scânteia halfway from Vaslui to Iaşi].

January 25 – October 13, 1653 – they stayed in Iaşi. Here, our travelers have seen Timothy Khmelnytsky, endured the rebellion by Stephen Georgica and change of power in Moldova. Leaving from Iaşi, they drove through Skintey, Vaslui, Bârlad, Tecuci.

October 21 – November 22, 1653 – Focşani. Roman. Focşani.

November 22, 1653 – entered into Wallachia. Ramnicu [Râmnicu Sărat]. Buzău.

November 29, 1653 – May 31, 1654 – they stayed in Târgovişte. Here they again "lucky" – during their stay in the city died Wallachian gospodar Matthew Basarab (April 19, 1654). Next – st.Nicholas monastery. Filipeshti [here near two villages Filipestii de Targ and Filipestii de Padure]. Ploieşti. Buzău. Ramnicu. Focşani. Tecuci. Bârlad. Vaslui.

June 2 – 6, 1654 – Iaşi. Cecora [Ţuţora on the Prut River, south of the Ungeny]. Mydzhasht. Orheyiv [Orhey].

June 10, 1654 Saturday, they crossed the Ukrainian-Moldavian border in Rashkiv. Hence they had way to Putivl (80 big Ukrainian miles). Polish mile = 5 our small miles.

Ukraine

Map of Paul's of Aleppo trip through Ukraine

The map of Paul's of Aleppo trip through Ukraine
The map was prepared by Dmitri Vortman

June 11, 1654 Sun 2 miles [21 km] to Dmytrashkivka [Pishchanka district, Vinnytsia region].

June 12, 1654 Mon 1.5 miles [15 km] to Haryachkivka [Kryzhopil district] 2 miles to Lyaskovsky. This weird Murkos construed as M'yaskivka (now Horodkivka Kryzhopil district). Has the demand for our travelers to deviate to the west, when they had to the east? I think the name is recorded here by mistake, and meant Kryzhopil that lies exactly midway between Haryachkivka and Zhabokrych. Therefore, such a distance: Haryachkivka – Kryzhopil – 2 miles [10 km]; Kryzhopil – Zhabokrych – 2 miles [10 km].

June 13, 1654 Tue 2 miles to Zhabokrych. 2 miles [18 km] – to Obodivka [Trostyanets district].

June 14, 1654 Wed – 1 Mile [11 km] to Balanivka [Bershad district]. 1 mile [11 km] to Sumivka [Bershad district]. Crossing Boh river. 2 miles [14 km] to Sobolevka [Teplyk district].

June 15, 1654 Thursday – less than 2 miles [8 km] to Mochulka. 1 mile [5 km] – Stepanivka. Vazhna. 1 mile [11 km] – Yaniv [Ivanov Teplyk district].

June 16, 1654 Fri – 1 mile [11 km] – Yavbaz (Obozivka?). Murkos assumed Obozivka with question mark, but it certainly – Yahubets Khristinovka district Cherkasy region. (Also the name of the village had Obozivka). 1 small mile [6 km] – Talalaivka [Khristinovka district]. Town (Oradivka) [Khristinovka district]. 2 miles [17 km] – Uman.

June 17, 1654 Saturday – stayed in Uman.

June 18, 1654 Sun – visited the Kalinovsky's palace in Uman (though the description immediately following the description of their arrival in Mankivka). 1 mile [14 km] – Krasnopilka [Uman district]. 1 mile [13 km] – Mankivka [Cherkasy region].

June 19, 1654 Mon – 2 miles [15 km] – Buky [Mankivka district]. 4 miles [34 km] – Lysjanka.

June 20, 1654 Tue – 1 long mile [16 km] – Medvyn [Boguslav district, Kyiv region]. 2 mile road through the forest, 1 mile [overall 20 km] – Boguslav [district center of Kiev region].

June 21, 1654 Wed – Meeting with B. Khmelnytsky in Boguslav.

June 22, 1654 Thursday – drove through the camp of B.Khmelnytsky, came to his tent. 4 miles [34 km] – Kagarlyk [district center of Kiev region].

June 23, 1654 Friday – 3 miles [30 km] – Trypillja [Obukhiv district].

June 24, 1654 Sat – 1 Mile [10 km] – Obukhiv. 1 mile [10 km] – strengthening with the destroyed st.Nicholas church [think it is – Kopachiv]. 1 mile – Homoka (Hanbykiv?). 1 mile [14 km from Kopachiv] – Vasylkiv.

June 25, 1654 Sun – 5 long miles [33 km] – Kyiv.

June 26 Mon – July 1, 1654 Sat – they stayed in Kyiv.

Kiev-Pechersk monastery, drawed by Abraham van Westerfeldt in 1651 Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, drawed by Abraham van Westerfeldt in 1651
Kiev-Pechersk monastery, drawed by Abraham van Westerfeldt in 1651, three years before Paul's coming to Kyiv Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, drawed by Abraham van Westerfeldt in 1651

July 1 Sat – July 4, 1654 Tue (there is a contradiction in Paul's notes – Tuesday, July 3) – stay in St. Sophia monastery, where metropolitan S. Kosov lived. I think it's easier to make a mistake in number than in the day of the week, so I assume that they move to Podil occurred July 4.

July 4 Tue – July 10, 1654 Mon – stay in the city (at the Podil). July 9 (Sun) Makarius celebrated Mass in the Church of the Assumption (Pirogoscha).

July 10, 1654 Mon – left Kyiv, 2 hours sailing down the Dnieper, while put in to the left bank. 2 miles – Brovary [Kiev region].

July 11, 1654 Tue – 2 miles [18 km] – Gogoliv [Brovary district]. 1 mile [11 km] – Rusaniv. 0.5 miles [6 km] – Yadlivka [today – Peremoga village Baryshivka district of Kyiv region].

July 12, 1654 Wed – 3 miles [22 km] – Basan [New Basan Bobrovitsa district Chernigov region]. 1 mile [11 km] – Bykiv [New Bykiv Bobrovitsa district].

General view of Gustynja monastery from west General view of Gustynja monastery from west. All masonry buildings that are visible in the photo, built later for the visit of Paul, but a beautiful view from the mountain, marked him remained.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 18 Aug 2000.

July 13, 1654 Thursday – 3 miles through great wilderness [30 km] – destroyed town Batfudi with church of the Virgin. (I think this village Pogreby of Pryluky district.) 4 long miles [30 km] – Pryluky. Description of Vishnevetsky's palace. In Pryluky they stayed until 17 July (Mon). July 16 (Sunday) they visited Gustynja monastery (1 long mile from the city [7 km]).

July 17, 1654 Mon – 1.5 miles [15 km] – Vil'shana [Ichnia district]. 1 mile [14 km] – Ivanytsia [Ichnia district].

July 18, 1654 Tue – 2.5 miles [20 km] – Kropyvne [Bakhmach district]. 3 miles [14 km] – Krasnyj [Krasnyj Koliadyn Talalaivka district].

July 19, 1654 Wed – 3 miles [26 km] – Korybutiv, last Ukrainian town [Karabutove Konotop district, Sumy region].

July 20, 1654 Thursday – 6 long miles [51 km] – Putivl [Sumy region]. In Putivl they crossed the Sejm, ie their pass lied on left bank the river. From Putivl to Moscow 700 versts, i. e. Turkish miles, or 140 large Cossack miles. Versta = 3000 cubits. (On the way back, Paul writes that from Moscow to Putivl 600 versts, much closer to reality – 555 km).

July 24, 1654 Mon – 20 versts [30 km] – Yemadykino [Glukhiv district, Sumy region].

Russia

July 25, 1654 Tue – Karoubi (Krupets) [Rylsk district of Kursk region, Russian Federation]; Popivka [Rylsk district]; Prudka; town Izminikov (Poznyashivka?) [Sevsk district of the Bryansk region] – total traveled 80 versts.

July 26, 1654 Wed – 10 versts – Sevsk [district center of Bryansk region]. (From Yemadykino to Sevsk Paul counted 90 versts, 78 km) – Another 30 versts, stopped in the forest.

July 27, 1654 Thu – Zakharovo [Komarychi district of the Bryansk region]. Crossing the river Nerusa. Gorodische. (On the map I saw village Gorodische 2 nd – Lokot district of the Bryansk region; maybe this is it, maybe uncharted Gorodische 1st). 30 versts – Zhanka (Chajky? – assumed Murkos) (Maybe Chayanka Lokot district? – N.Zh.)

July 28, 1654 Fri – 10 versts – river Navlya. Crossing it in the village Somovo [Shablykino district Orel region]. – 30 versts [30 km] – Karachev [district center of Bryansk region].

July 29, 1654 Sat – 60 versts, there were no villages at the road. They stopped at the Nuhra riverside.

July 30, 1654 Sun – 10 versts – Bolkhov [district center of Orel region]. (From Karachev to Bolkhov Paul counted 70 versts, 72 km).

July 31, 1654 Mon – 25 versts through the forest, then another 2 long miles, total 40 versts (in sum – 35 km) – Belev [district center of Tula region]. (From Bolkhov to Belev Paul counted 40 versts, 41 km). – Another 10 versts.

August 1, 1654 Tue – 20 versts through the forest – Lykhvyn [now town Chekalin Suvorov district Tula region]. (From Belev to Lykhvyn Paul counted 30 versts, 33 km). Then another 10 versts – crossing through Oka – another 5 versts, slept in the forest.

August 2, 1654 Wed – 25 versts, crossing through the Oka – Kaluga [regional center of Russia]. (From Lykhvyn to Kaluga Paul counted 40 versts, 48 km). From here to Moscow 180 versts [165 km]; the path from Antiochia in Moscow – 120 days of instant travelling.

August 4, 1654 Fri – 15 versts. Then returned to Kaluga, from here by the Oka river to Kolomna – 195 versts [215 km].

August 11, 1654 Fri – sailed down by Oka, 20 versts.

August 12, 1654 Sat – 35 versts, Aleksin [district center of Tula region]. (From Kaluga to Aleksin Paul counted 55 versts, 54 km). 5 versts – Boldarev Resurrection Monastery. A further 5 versts.

August 13, 1654 Sun – 20 versts, Tarusa [district center of Kaluga region]. (From Aleksin to Tarusa Paul counted 30 versts, 26 km). Another 10 versts.

August 14, 1654 Mon – Kashira [district center, Moscow region]. (From Tarusa to Kashira Paul recorded only 10 versts, but here 74 km, therefore, one have assume a small gap here). Another 10 versts.

August 16, 1654 Wed – Holutvin monastery (2 versts from here to Kolomna). (This monastery is situated on the southern edge of modern Kolomna).

View of the Moscow River and Holutvin monastery Panorama of the historic center of Kolomna
View of the Moscow River and Holutvin monastery (now it is called Old Holutvin, to distinguish from New Holutvin located in Kolomna's Kremlin).
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 1 Sep 1981.
Panorama of the historic center of Kolomna.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 1 July 2010.

August 17, 1654 Thursday – arrived to Kolomna [district center, Moscow region.]. (From Kashira to Kolomna Paul recorded only 10..12 versts, 56 km, and here, therefore, one have assume a small gap. These gaps can be seen also as a discrepancy between the total distance from Kaluga to Kolomna in 195 versts and the sum of distances, that Paul counted as 105 versts). There was a pestilence in Moscow, so in Kolomna travellers had made a long delay.

Gate tower of the Kolomna's Kremlin Marynka's tower of the Kolomna's Kremlin
Gate tower of the Kolomna's Kremlin through which Macarius and Paul entered the city.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 2 July 2010.
Marynka's tower of the Kolomna's Kremlin; it could be called so at that time (Marina Mnishek died there in 1618).
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 2 July 2010

January 30, 1655 Tue – left Kolomna. 25 versts [34 km] – village Kosyakova [Kosyakovo Voskresensk district, Moscow region].

January 31, 1655 Wed – 55 miles [58 km] – village Vykhino [now a part of Moscow, on the southeastern edge; ultimate metro station].

February 2, 1655 Friday – arrived to Moscow [Russian Federation capital].

View of main square of Moscow Kremlin from the southeast, May 7, 1979. Trinity-Sergius lavra. View from the southeast
The Moscow Kremlin – the aim of Makarius and Paul journey.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 7 May 1979.
Trinity-Sergius lavra. View from the southeast.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 20 Aug 1977.

June 8, 1655 Fri – went to the Trinity-Sergius monastery (60 miles). Traveled 50 versts [58 km] to village Vozdvizhenskoye [Sergiev-Posad district, Moscow region]. (From Vozdvizhenskoye to Sergiev Posad Paul counted 10 versts, 12 km).

June 9, 1655 Sat – arrive to Trinity-Sergius monastery [around this monastery grew up the town Sergiev Posad, Moscow region.].

June 11, 1655 Mon – returned to Moscow.

August 4, 1655 Sun – leave Moscow to Iversky Valdai monastery (400 versts) [345 km] then to go to Novgorod (150 more miles) [130 km].

August 6, 1655 Mon – passed just 90 versts [88 km] and came to the Assumption monastery near Klyn [district center, Moscow region]. Then drove another 90 versts [77 km], crossed the Volga and came to Tver [regional center of Russia].

August 9, 1655 Thu – again crossed the Volga – 30 versts [28 km] – village Mednoe [Tver district] on the river Tvertsa.

August 10, 1655 Fri – 30 versts [34 km] – Torzhok [district center of Tver region]. Next 70 versts [63 km] to the Vyshnij Volochok.

August 12, 1655 Sun – came to Vyshnij Volochok [district center of Tver region]. Another 25 miles versts [22 km] – village Kolomno [Vyshnij Volochok district Tver region].

August 13, 1655 Mon – 45 versts – stopped in the village (name not recorded).

August 14, 1655 Tue – 20 miles – reached the Iversky Valdai Monastery. (From Kolomno to Valdai Paul counted 65 versts, 66 km).

August 19, 1655 Sun – leaved from the monastery – 7 miles.

August 20, 1655 Mon – 33 versts. (From Moscow to Vilnius 1000 versts [765 km] and from Moscow to Iaşi – 1000 versts [1200 km]).

August 21, 1655 Tue – 35 versts.

August 22, 1655 Wed – 27..30 miles. (From the Valdai to Novgorod Paul record no settlements, from Valdai to the river Msta he encountered 105 versts, and on the way back – 115 versts. The way by the river Msta was 17 versts long, which roughly correspond to the location of the village Bronnytsia Novgorod district. From the Valdai to Bronnytsia – 108 km. With some caution one can assume that our travellers make a transfer to the boats in Bronnytsia) continued on their way down the Msta river – 5 versts.

Detinets of Novgorod

Detinets of Novgorod.
View from the Volkhov.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 3 Sep 1981.

August 23, 1655 Thu – sailed another 12 versts to the St. Nicholas monastery on the island. Entered the lake Volkhov (Ilmen). Sailed three versts on the lake and entered to river. St. Georgius Monastery 3 versts from the city Novgorod.

August 25, 1655 Sat – visited the St. Anthony monastery, Kolmov Assumption monastery.

August 26, 1655 Sun – visited the St. Nicholas Vyazhytsky monastery.

August 27, 1655 Mon – returned to Novgorod.

August 28, 1655 Tue – sailed on the Volkhov (4 versts) – to the Varlam Khutynsky monastery (Murkos notes that there is actually 10 miles, and back home Paul counts for 7 versts, that is, those 4 versts – a likely omission of the author).

August 29, 1655 Wed – returned to Volkhov 3 versts – Derevyanytsky Resurrection monastery.

August 30, 1655 Thursday – four versts rowed back to Novgorod (7 versts from Khutynsky monastery). Visited the Holy Spirit monastery in Novgorod.

Trinity Cathedral of the Holy Spirit monastery in Novgorod. Znamensky Cathedral in Novgorod
Trinity Cathedral of the Holy Spirit monastery in Novgorod.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 3 Sep 1981.
Znamensky Cathedral in Novgorod.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 3 Sep 1981.

August 31, 1655 Fri – celebrated Mass in Znamensky cathedral of Torgovaya storona (Commerce part).

September 3, 1655 Mon – left Novgorod, stopped at the St. Georgius monastery.

September 4, 1655 Tue – passed 20 versts.

September 5, 1655 Wed – passed six versts to the village, where began to ship. Hence passed another 15 versts.

September 6, 1655 Thu – 65 versts.

September 7, 1655 Fri – 50 versts.

September 8, 1655 Saturday – arrived at the Iversky monastery.

September 11, 1655 Tue – left the monastery – 90 versts – Vyshnij Volochok. – 70 versts – Torzhok.

September 14, 1655 Friday – arrived to Torzhok. – 60 versts – Tver.

September 16, 1655 Sun – arrived to Tver.

September 17, 1655 Mon – left Tver, crossed the Volga, lodged in the village Shosha [it was located at the confluence of the Shosha river to Volga, now this place and most of the villages flooded Ivankov reservoir].

September 20, 1655 Thu – returned to Moscow.

Church of the Nativity of Our Lady of Savin-Storozhevsky monastery Trinity Gate Church and Tsaritsyn Chamber in Savin-Storozhevsky monastery
Church of the Nativity of Our Lady of Savin-Storozhevsky monastery.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 18 Aug 1977.
Trinity Gate Church and Tsaritsyn Chamber in Savin-Storozhevsky monastery.
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 18 Aug 1977.

January 19, 1656 Sat – went to Savin Storozhevsky monastery (40 versts [52 km]). [Around the monastery grew village Savinska Sloboda Odyntsovo district, Moscow region. A 2 km west of the Zvenigorod town]

January 21, 1656 Mon – returned to Moscow.

march 23, 1656 Sunday – farewell to Patriarch Nikon. Left from Moscow, 7 versts. [Throughout the way back in the records of Paul failures occur – the differences among day week with 1 day]. Kaluga. Belev.

April 3, 1656 Thursday – arrived to Bolkhov.

April 9, 1656 Wed – by order of the tsar went back to Moscow.

April 16, 1656 Wed – came to Simonovo (7 versts from Moscow).

May 29, 1656 Sun – left from Moscow. Kaluga (180 versts from Moscow). Lykhvyn. Belev. Bolkhov (110 versts [120 km] from Kaluga). Karachev. Sevsk (190 versts [174 km] from Bolkhov).

Ukraine

June 12, 1656 Thu – Putivl (120 versts [105 km] from Sevsk, 600 versts from Moscow).

June 16, 1656 Mon – left Putivl. Korybutiv. Pryluky.

June 22, 1656 Sun – visited the Gustynja monastery.

June 24, 1656 Tue – left Pryluky.

June 27, 1656 Friday – came to the Dnieper against Kyiv-Pechersk monastery.

June 28, 1656 Sat – came to Kyiv.

June 29, 1656 Sun – visited the Mass in St. Sophia Cathedral.

July 3, 1656 Wed – celebrated Mass at Epiphany Cathedral of Fraternal monastery.

July 6, 1656 Sun – visited the Mass in the Assumption Cathedral (at the Podil).

July 7, 1656 Mon – visited metropolitan in St. Sophia monastery.

July 8, 1656 Tue – visit St. Michael's Golden-Domed monastery. In the evening came to Kyiv-Pechersk monastery.

July 9, 1656 Wed – visited St. Nicholas Deserted monastery.

July 10, 1656 Thursday – celebrated Mass in St. Nicholas monastery.

July 12, 1656 Sat – visited Vydubytsky monastery and returned to Kyiv-Pechersk monastery.

July 13, 1656 Sun – visited the Mass in Kyiv-Pechersk monastery.

July 14, 1656 Mon – crossed the Dnieper.

July 15, 1656 Tue – Boryspil [district center of Kiev region] (5 miles [30 km] from Kyiv). Pereyaslav [district center of Kiev region] (6 miles [50 km] from Boryspil).

July 22, 1656 Tue – left Pereyaslav. – 4 miles [38 km] – Helmyaziv [Zolotonosha district of Cherkasy region]. – 4 miles [23 km] – Zolotonosha [district center of Cherkasy region]. – 3 miles – crossing over the Dnipro river. – 2 miles – Cherkasy [regional center of Ukraine] [From Zolotonosha to Cherkasy Paul counted 5 miles, 26 km]. – 7 miles [60 km] – Chygyryn [district center of Cherkasy region].

July 28, 1656 Sun – celebrated Mass at Assumption Church in Chygyryn.

July 29, 1656 Mon – visited Holy Trinity Monastery.

August 2, 1656 Sat – B. Khmelnytsky arrived to Chygyryn and met with Makarius. Left Chygyryn. – 1 mile [8 km] – Subotiv [Chygyryn district].

St. Elias Church in Subotiv – the burial place of Bogdan and Timothy Khmelnytsky .
Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, 30 July 1983.

August 3, 1656 Sun – on Saturday celebrated the funeral of Timothy Khmelnytsky. – Medvedivka [Chygyryn district]. – 3 miles [18 km] – Zhabotyn [Kamjanka district]. 10 miles [some mistake here, because actually only 22 km] – Smila [district center of Cherkasy region.]. – 1 mile [10 km] – Balakliya [Smila district]. – 1 mile [11 km] – Orlovets [Gorodische district]. – 2 miles [14 km] – Viazivok [Gorodische district]. – 1.5 miles [16 km] – Vil'shana [Gorodische district]. – 1.5 miles [14 km] – Tarasovka [Zvenigorodka district]. – 2 miles [something is missing here, because the distance is 30 km] – Lysjanka [district town of Cherkasy region].

August 7, 1656 Thursday – arrived in Lysjanka.

August 9, 1656 Sat – dedicated the Trinity Monastery near Lysjanka. – 4 miles [35 km] – Buky [Mankivka district]. – 4 miles [42 km] – Uman.

August 10, 1656 Sun – came to Uman [district center of Cherkasy region.].

August 12, 1656 Tue – left Uman.

Moldavia

August 15, 1656 Friday – arrived to Rashkiv [Sholdaneshty region of Moldavia];

August 18, 1656 Mon – left Rashkiv.

Romania

August 21, 1656 Thursday – arrived in Iaşi.

October 8, 1656 Wed – left Iaşi.

October 9, 1656 Thu – came to the Roman. Bacău.

October 13, 1656 Mon – Bogdan.

October 16, 1656 Sun – moved from Bogdan.

October 19, 1656 Sun – arrived in Focşani.

October 20, 1656 Monday – arrived in Râmnicu.

October 21, 1656 Tue – arrived in Buzău.

October 22, 1656 Wed – arrived in Ploieşti.

October 23, 1656 Friday – arrived in Târgovişte. (After departure from Iaşi and until arrival in Targoviste the description provide no dates, but the days of the week; my numbers are calculated assuming that Paul noted way every day, and mention Wednesday after Monday means two days (instead of 9 or 16 days).

January 12, 1657 Mon – left Târgovişte. Village Goleshti. Came to the monastery Arges [Curtea de Argeş].

January 15, 1657 Thu – celebrated Mass the monastery of Argeş.

January 17, 1657 Sat – came to Câmpulung [over river Dimbovica].

January 22, 1657 Thu – returned to Târgovişte.

June 18, 1657 Thu – left Târgovişte to a trip over the monasteries of Wallachia. Piteşti. Argeş Monastery. Ramnicu [Râmnicu-Vâlcea]. Cozy Monastery (east of Râmnicu).

June 29, 1657 Mon – celebrated Mass in the monastery Cozy. Next – Ostrovul monastery (on the island of river Olt). Râmnicu. Monastery Dintr un Lemnya on the river Bistriţa. Bistriţa Monastery.

July 6, 1657 Mon – celebrated the liturgy in the monastery Bistriţa.

July 7, 1657 Tue – Arnota Monastery (1 hour towards the east of the monastery Bistriţa).

July 9, 1657 Thu – Rineşti. Next – Krasna monastery, town Tirgushor. Monastery Tismana on the river Tismana.

July 14, 1657 Tue – celebrated the liturgy in the monastery Tismana. Visited the copper mine.

July 17, 1657 Friday – left the mine through the province Vidin and Craiova.

July 20, 1657 Mon – visited monasteries Strehaia, Gura-Motrului, Ţynţaren. Then – the village Filishan [Filiaşi?]. Town Vidin [perhaps the Craiova? In Bulgaria, where is known Vidin, they probably did not go]. Zhytyan monastery. River Olt crossed. Village Bratoşani. Hoteren monastery. Village Fortash. Monastery Sadova [there is a village 50 km south of Craiova].

August 11, 1657 – celebrated the liturgy in the monastery Sadova. Next – Zhytyan monasteries, Kaluyu.

August 15, 1657 – celebrated in the monastery Kaluyu. Next – Staneschi monastery; Drehoshany monastery [Drăghiceni?]. Town Slatina. Klokochov monastery. Hlavochok monastery. Village Petrashti [Petreşti]. Kamshura monastery. City Bucureşti.

September 1, 1657 – left Bucureşti. Village Dobren. Village Hradishte [Grădiştea on Argeş river]. Monastery Comana. Village Koyyen. Village Veresch [Vărăşti on Sabar river]. Nehoyesht monastery. Monastery Plataresch [Plătăreşti on Dimboviţa river]. Village Frundzenesch. Tinhan monastery. Kotrocheni monastery. Synayya monastery.

September 10, 1657 Thu – returned to Târgovişte.

Beginning in February 1658 – under the threat of Turkish attack on Wallachia left Targoviste, came to the monastery Câmpulung. From there, retreated further into the mountains, to a village Nukushora on the border of Transylvania. Then came back to Câmpulung.

April 28, 1658 – returned to Bucureşti.

In July 1658 Paul drove their baggage to Galaţi and from there sent it by sea to Sinop, and he returned to Bucureşti (July 31, 1658 Sat).

September 1, 1658 – Piteşti. Route to Bucureşti.

September 9, 1658 – left Bucureşti. Fyntyna-Reche. Soliman. Monastery Slobodzeya Yanaki on Jalomiţa river [Slobozia].

September 14, 1658 – left the monastery Slobodzeya Yanaki.

September 15, 1658 – crossed Seret river near Braylov [Brăila].

September 17, 1658 – arrived in Galaţi. Hence, Paul took a trip to the Iaşi and returned.

October 13, 1658 – sailed from Galaţi. Reni [district center of Odessa region]. Vylkove [Kilija district Odessa region]. Fortress Isakcha [Isaccea]. Town Ismail [district center of Odessa region]. Kilija [district center of Odessa region]. Total 20 days sailing the Danube (including the tail-wind mode). Sailed by the sea to Kavarna. From here 27 miles [44 km] to Varna. Syzeboli (Sozopol). Next – 100 miles – Carbi. Next 300 miles – passed Bosphorus arrived to Ereğli. More than 100 miles [100 km] – Amasra. Next 50 miles – Kitros.

Turkey

November 14, 1658 Sun – sailed 50 miles, came to Inebolu [From Amasra to Inebolu Paul counted 100 miles, 124 km].

November 15, 1658 – sailed 100 miles [130 km], arrived to Sinop. Total 15 day sea sailed to Sinop. There are 500 miles from Galaţi to the Danube mouth to the Black Sea; and 900 miles from the Danube mouth to Sinop.

January 31, 1659 – sailed from Sinop. 18 miles [27 km] – Gerze. Kizil-Irmak river mouth. Samsun. Yeshil-Irmak river mouth. Dzhanik.

February 8, 1659 – came to Enos (Ünye) (200 miles from Sinop [200 km] to Enos). Next – Arhosti. Niksar (Neokesaria). Omala. Koman. Bizari. Tokat. Sivas. Ulaş. Kangal. Derende [Darende]. Al Bostan [Elbistan]. Zaitun (here celebrated Easter). Marash. Dada Osman. Burj. Keliz [Kilis].

Syria

April 21, 1659 – arrived in Aleppo.

June 21, 1659 – went from Aleppo. Emessa [Homs].

July 1, 1659 – came to Damascus. End of trip.

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