Cristoforo Buondelmonti (c. 1385 – c. 1430) was an
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Franciscan priest and traveler, and a pioneer in promoting first-hand knowledge of
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and its antiquities throughout the Western world.


Cristoforo Buondelmonti was born around 1385 into an important Florentine family. He was taught Greek by
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and received further education from Niccolò Niccoli, an influential Florentine humanist. By 1414 he had become a priest served as a rector of a church in Florence.Gothoni 2003 He left his native city around 1414 CE in order to travel, mainly in the
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. He visited
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in the 1420s. He is the author of two historical-geographic works: the ''Descriptio insulae
'' (1417, in collaboration with Niccolò Niccoli) and the ''Liber insularum Archipelagi'' (1420). These two books are a combination of geographical information and contemporary charts and sailing directions. The last one contains the oldest surviving map of Constantinople, and the only one which antedates the
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conquest of the city in 1453. While travelling over the island of
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, he bought a Greek manuscript and brought back with him to Italy. This was the '' Hieroglyphica'' of
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, which played a considerable role both in humanistic thinking and in art. File:Buondelmonti, Cristoforo – Liber insularum Arcipelagi, 16th-century – BEIC 14666142.jpg, ''Liber insularum Arcipelagi'', 16th-century manuscript. Paris,
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, Fonds latin.

See also

*The Buondelmonti, a noble family of
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* * * * *G. Gerola, "Le vedute di Costantinopoli di Cristoforo Buondelmonti," SBN 3 (1931): 247–79. *Cristoforo Buondelmonti, 1386 births 1430s deaths Clergy from Florence Italian travel writers Italian male non-fiction writers 15th-century Italian writers 15th-century travel writers 15th-century Italian cartographers Medieval travel writers Writers from Florence {{Italy-writer-stub