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Rouen, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. 1588

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Rhotomagus, in French Rouen, city in Gallia Lugdunensis on the Seine.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "In hardly another city is the merchant community more experienced on water and on land as in this city on the Seine. The river accepts even the biggest ships thanks to the nearby sea, and trade can be conducted with the East and West, as far away as India. Amongst the most important buildings to be seen in Rouen is without doubt the bridge over the Seine, which was erected with such skill than one can pay only the highest tribute to the architect both for the structural planning and the execution, the more so given that it was an exceedingly complicated and dangerous work, since the construction was exposed to the tides. Nevertheless it was possible to erect this bridge with quadrangular components, with large and solid columns and flying buttresses, unusually tall and wide."

The bird's-eye view from the north conveys a clear impression of the city's layout and depicts the constructional progress on the bridge over the Seine in the foreground.The most prominent building is the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame (A), commenced in the 12th century on top of a former Romanesque structure. The cathedral, which today has seven towers, is shown here with only three: the Tour Saint-Romain, the Tour de Beurre in the Flamboyant style with an octagonal crown and the crossing tower. Not far away on the left stands the large astronomical clock (Gros Horloge, E). Above the cathedral lies the former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Ouen (I/H) and, on the right, the smaller Gothic church of Saint-Maclou (F). On Place du Vieux Marché (R) Joan of Arc was burned on 30 May 1431. (Taschen)

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Rhotomagus, Galliae Lugdunensis as Sequanam flu. Opp. vulgo Rouen.

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Item Number:  16944
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > France

Antique map - bird's-eye plan of Rouen by Braun and Hogenberg, with a French key to locations. Two costume figures at bottom.

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1588

Copper engraving
Size: 30.5 x 37.5cm (11.9 x 14.6 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Uncoloured, light browning along centrefold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3786; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p. 212.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Cologne, Gottfried von Kempen, 1588. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.3)

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Rhotomagus, in French Rouen, city in Gallia Lugdunensis on the Seine.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "In hardly another city is the merchant community more experienced on water and on land as in this city on the Seine. The river accepts even the biggest ships thanks to the nearby sea, and trade can be conducted with the East and West, as far away as India. Amongst the most important buildings to be seen in Rouen is without doubt the bridge over the Seine, which was erected with such skill than one can pay only the highest tribute to the architect both for the structural planning and the execution, the more so given that it was an exceedingly complicated and dangerous work, since the construction was exposed to the tides. Nevertheless it was possible to erect this bridge with quadrangular components, with large and solid columns and flying buttresses, unusually tall and wide."

The bird's-eye view from the north conveys a clear impression of the city's layout and depicts the constructional progress on the bridge over the Seine in the foreground.The most prominent building is the Gothic cathedral of Notre-Dame (A), commenced in the 12th century on top of a former Romanesque structure. The cathedral, which today has seven towers, is shown here with only three: the Tour Saint-Romain, the Tour de Beurre in the Flamboyant style with an octagonal crown and the crossing tower. Not far away on the left stands the large astronomical clock (Gros Horloge, E). Above the cathedral lies the former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Ouen (I/H) and, on the right, the smaller Gothic church of Saint-Maclou (F). On Place du Vieux Marché (R) Joan of Arc was burned on 30 May 1431. (Taschen)