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Old antique plan of Maastricht by Braun & Hogenberg

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Maestricht - Traiectum ad Mosam. - Braun & Hogenberg, 1581


Old map - Bird's-eye plan of Maastricht by Braun and Hogenberg.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Turning proudly to our age, our founder and the name of our patron saint, we must point out that we were founded around the year 78 BC and that we owe our origins to Julius Caesar and our name [Lat. Traiectum ad Mosam, "Meuse crossing"] to the fact that the River Meuse can be crossed here [...] and that we also owe much to St Servatus, the first to hold the office of bishop in this city."

Maastricht is presented in a topographically accurate bird's-eye view from the south that affords a clear view of the city centre. Rising on Vrijthof square is the dominant complex of Sint-Servaas, in front of which - seen here in a distorted perspective - is the church of Sint-Jan.

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1581

Copper engraving
Size: 35.5 x 41.5cm (13.8 x 16.2 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Uncoloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2534; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.223.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Cologne, Gottfried von Kempen, 1581. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.3)

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