Maps of the past


Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Ancient and historic maps are frequently noted for their colorful cartouches and other decorative elements as much as their accuracy in depicting historical places. Such maps were not only utilitarian, but also could serve to display the wealth and power of its owner. This photo essay illustrates a range of historic maps from around the world.

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The Forbidden City to Convict’s Landing: rare early city maps – in pictures

By The Guardian

September 1, 2016

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