Artwork of Marco Polo leaving Constantinople

Artwork of Marco Polo leaving Constantinople

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Polo's 1271 expedition. Coloured historical artwork of the brothers Polo setting out from Constantinople with their nephew Marco Polo (1254- 1324) in 1271. Marco's father and uncle had made an overland journey to China during 1260-69. They went again in 1271 and took Marco with them. They went from Israel, through Iran to central Asia, and from there to the city of Chengdu in China. There they were received by the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan in 1275. Marco became a diplomat for Kublai Khan whilst his father and uncle acted as military advisors. They returned to Italy during 1292-5 and Marco Polo wrote an influential account of his travels whilst in prison in 1298.

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