The Kingdom of Amadam.
THe Kingdom of Amadan or Hamadan, is by Texeira call'd Amedon, as also the chief City thereof, which lying between Cas∣bin and Curdistan, extends thirty Leagues, and boasts fifteen Towns, the Inhabitants whereof are all Merchants.
Della Valle tells us, that the City of Amadan lies in the Way which leads from Bagdad or Ba∣bylon to Ispahan, and is large and populous, and much frequented by Strangers, though the Buil∣dings are very mean, rather like those in an ordi∣nary Village; yet behind these Houses are fair Gardens full of Fruit-trees, so also are the Streets, Markets, and other publick Places, which are also well furnish'd with all manner of Provision at reasonable Rates: All the Streets where the Shops are (by them call'd Bazars) are Arch'd and Pillar'd like Piazza's. It is exceeding cold here, for you not onely see Ice in the Streets, but it of∣ten Freezes any liquid thing in the Chambers though there is a constant Fire kept.
This City is the Residence of a Chan, who hath many Towns and Villages under his Jurisdiction, as also a Daroga or Deputy.
Thus much of every Province of the King∣dom of Persia in particular; next we will give you an Account of what concerns Persia and all the Provinces in general, and also of such Remarks of some Provinces in particular, as shall be requisite to be spoken of, viz. of the Air, Property of the Soil, Plants, Beasts, Customs, Food, Liquors, Language, Learning, Funerals, Arms, Religions, Government, and what else is necessary to be describ'd.