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Historic Cities: Maps and Documents

Department of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish National and University Library

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This site contains more than 170 maps of cities created between the 15th and 17th centuries. Most of these cities are in Eastern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean world, and the Middle East, though there are 15 cities in northern and southern Africa. In addition, there are maps of Mexico City, Cusco, and Peru, as well as four cities in India. In some cases, such as Italy, a few maps of the entire country are included. The maps may be searched alphabetically by city, country, and mapmaker, and the JPEG images may be viewed in low or high resolution. Each image includes basic facts about the city, such as geographic location and political importance, date, cartographer, and publication information. There are also links to other map images of the cities. The site includes eight biographies of the major mapmakers of Europe, including editor Georg Braun and engraver Franz Hogenberg whose Civitates orbis terrarum is a source for many of the images. The link to Ancient Maps of Jerusalem provides more than 300 maps of Jerusalem dating from the early 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

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