ARCHITECTURAL NOTES IN THE MEMOIRS BY ENGELBERT KAEMPFER (AZERBAIJAN, IRAN)
Doctor of Architecture, Professor Baku, Azerbaijan
The need to study the “literature of travel” and, in particular, Western European (ambassadors, scholars, travelers, etc.) is considerable, including memoirs, notes, reports, etc., which allows the architectural historians of Azerbaijan to add information about lost or modified architectural monuments. It should be noted that memoirs are varied in content, focus, factology, form of presentation of material, and, in this is their exceptional value; this is what makes it possible to see the image that was formed by eyewitnesses hundreds of years ago. Among the authors of the sources should be noted F. Zarre, E. Kaempfer, A. Olear, A. Jacobsthal, W. Kleis, B. Dorn, I. Barbaro, A. Contarini, A. Philippe, and others. Many of them contain no less valuable graphic material, preserving, in most cases, the original appearance of the monuments, which certainly increases their value and uniqueness.
Keywords: architecture, countries and cities, embassy, memoirs, engravings.