Old Birdseye Map of Alexandria, Egypt by Braun, 1575: Pompey&
Old Birdseye Map of Alexandria, Egypt by Braun, 1575: Pompey&
Old Birdseye Map of Alexandria, Egypt by Braun, 1575: Pompey&
Old Birdseye Map of Alexandria, Egypt by Braun, 1575: Pompey&

Old Birdseye Map of Alexandria, Egypt by Braun, 1575: Pompey's Pillar, Towers, Battlements, Ships, Waterways

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"Alexandria, Vetustissimum Aegypti Emporium, Amplissima Civitas" is a breathtakingly detailed town plan of Alexandria, created by the renowned cartographer Georg Braun in 1575. This exquisite bird's-eye view map is a part of Braun & Hogenberg's esteemed "Civitas Orbis Terrarum," one of the most significant collections of town plans and views from the 16th century. The map vividly captures the grandeur of Alexandria, a city founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, and offers a glimpse into its rich historical and architectural heritage.

The map's intricate illustrations bring to life the bustling urban layout of Alexandria, highlighting its strategic importance and historical significance. One of the most striking features is Pompey's Pillar, a towering Roman triumphal column that stands as a testament to the city's ancient glory. The detailed depictions of walls, towers, and battlements provide a fascinating insight into the city's fortifications, showcasing the defensive structures that protected Alexandria from invaders.

As you explore the map, you will notice the meticulously drawn waterways that flow through the city, reflecting Alexandria's vital connection to the Mediterranean Sea. The presence of ships in the harbor further emphasizes the city's role as a major trading hub in the ancient world. The surrounding illustrations of camels and other figures offer a glimpse into the daily life and vibrant culture of the city's inhabitants.

Georg Braun's masterful cartography not only captures the physical layout of Alexandria but also its historical essence. The map is a visual narrative of the city's evolution, from its founding by Alexander the Great to its prominence under the Roman Empire. Braun's work is a testament to his dedication to preserving the legacy of the world's great cities, and this map of Alexandria is a shining example of his artistry and attention to detail.

For collectors and history enthusiasts, this map is more than just a decorative piece; it is a window into the past, offering a unique perspective on one of the most storied cities in history. The combination of artistic beauty and historical significance makes this map of Alexandria a truly remarkable addition to any collection.

Streets and roads on this map

  • Streets and roads:
  • Canopicus Flu.
  • Via Canopica

Notable Features & Landmarks

  • Illustrations:
  • Ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Camels and other figures around the city.
  • Landmarks:
  • Pompey’s Pillar.
  • Various towers and battlements.
  • Neighbourhoods:
  • The map depicts different sections within the city walls.
  • Other notable features:
  • Detailed city walls and gates.
  • Waterways running through the city.

Historical and design context

  • Name of the map: Alexandria, Vetustissimum Aegypti Emporium, Amplissima Civitas
  • Extra notes:
  • The map is a striking town plan of Alexandria.
  • It is from Braun & Hogenberg's "Civitas Orbis Terrarum".
  • The title at the top of the map, in Latin, roughly states that the town was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE.
  • The map includes depictions of walls, towers, and battlements.
  • Pompey’s Pillar, a Roman Empire triumphal column, is visible in the background.
  • Date of creation: 1575
  • Mapmaker/Publisher: Georg Braun
  • Context about the mapmaker: Georg Braun was a notable cartographer and editor of the "Civitas Orbis Terrarum," a significant collection of town plans and views from the 16th century.
  • Topics and themes shown on the map:
  • Urban layout: The map provides a detailed bird's-eye view of Alexandria, showcasing its urban design, including walls, towers, and battlements.
  • Historical landmarks: Pompey's Pillar is prominently featured.
  • Countries and regions shown on the map: The map focuses on Alexandria, located in Egypt.
  • Design or style:
  • The map is a City Birds eye view pictorial map.
  • It features detailed illustrations of buildings, streets, and ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Historical significance:
  • The map provides a visual representation of Alexandria during the late 16th century, reflecting its historical and architectural significance.
  • It highlights the city's strategic importance and its rich history dating back to its founding by Alexander the Great.

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