TravelTrails: Travels and Explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1500-1830 (traveltrails.gr) is an innovative website which systematically documents texts of European travelers who have been traveling around or being on missions in areas of the Ottoman Empire and areas of Greek territory under Venetian domination. It is based on materials from The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.
The innovative element of the TravelTrails website is that the richness of the travelers’ accounts is presented to the general public organized into thematic sections, geographic criteria and related tags. The user is offered the possibility to do general or specialized searches, combining one or more search criteria, approaching and identifying places, monuments, faces, groups, professions, customs and other subjects.
The TravelTrails website includes 471 travel accounts in their original language and 11,000 entries, which will be presented to the public progressively. Today, the first phase of the project has been completed and the 16th century is being delivered for use.
TravelTrails aim to facilitate research on a wide range of issues in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin and to become a repository of information for a period not so well known to the general public.