Old Map of Champagne and Brie, France by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Reims, Dijon, Metz, Nancy, Orient Forest Park
Old Map of Champagne and Brie, France by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Reims, Dijon, Metz, Nancy, Orient Forest Park
Old Map of Champagne and Brie, France by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Reims, Dijon, Metz, Nancy, Orient Forest Park
Old Map of Champagne and Brie, France by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Reims, Dijon, Metz, Nancy, Orient Forest Park

Old Map of Champagne and Brie, France by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Reims, Dijon, Metz, Nancy, Orient Forest Park

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Immerse yourself in the intricate details of the 'Champaigne et Brie etc', a stunning representation of the historical and geographical beauty of Champagne and Brie, located in the larger modern-day area of France. Translated to 'Champagne and Brie etc', this map provides an enchanting glimpse into the past, crafted by the skilled hands of Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. Visscher II, the grandson of Claes Janszoon Visscher, hailed from the Dutch Golden Age, a period known for its remarkable contributions to the world of cartography.

Prominent cities like Reims, Dijon, Metz, and Nancy are meticulously etched onto the map, each holding their unique historical significance. Reims, known for its grand cathedral, the site of the coronation of French kings; Dijon, the capital of the historic Burgundy region; Metz, a city rich in architectural and cultural treasures; and Nancy, the artistic and intellectual capital of Lorraine, are all beautifully depicted.

The map also features the Parc naturel régional de la Forêt d'Orient, or the Orient Forest Regional Natural Park, a testament to the natural beauty that France has to offer. This hand-colored, engraved map does not merely show towns and cities, but it also vividly portrays forests, waterways, canals, mountains, and landmarks. The decorative cartouches add an artistic touch, further enhancing the map's visual appeal.

The 'Champaigne et Brie etc' is not just a map; it is a piece of history that tells stories of the past, of the people, and of the land. The relief shown pictorially provides a sense of depth, making it more than just a flat representation. It offers an opportunity to travel back in time, to explore the landscapes and the political divisions of a bygone era. This map is a must-have for those who appreciate the art of cartography and the rich tapestry of history it represents.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Champagne Region:

  1. Reims - Known for its grand cathedral, the site of the coronation of French kings.
  2. Troyes - An old town known for its half-timbered houses and Gothic churches.
  3. Châlons-en-Champagne - Historically known as Châlons-sur-Marne, it's the capital of the Marne department.
  4. Épernay - Known as the "Capital of Champagne" for its extensive champagne cellars.
  5. Chaumont - Known for its annual International Poster and Graphic Design Festival.
  6. Langres - Famous for its fortifications and towers, known as the fortified city.
  7. Sedan - Known for its castle, the largest fortified medieval castle in Europe.
  8. Rethel - An old fortified city known for its strategic location.
  9. Vitry-le-François - Known for its rich history and its Church of Notre-Dame.
  10. Bar-sur-Aube - Known for its timber-framed houses and the Saint-Pierre Church.
  11. Joinville - Known for its Renaissance style château.
  12. Saint-Dizier - Known for its fusion of medieval and Renaissance architecture.
  13. Charleville-Mézières - Known for its grand Place Ducale, a large public square.
  14. Nogent - Known for its rich history and the Saint-Martin Church.
  15. Provins - A UNESCO World Heritage site known for its medieval fairs.

Brie Region:

  1. Melun - Known as the "capital of Brie", famous for Brie de Melun cheese.
  2. Meaux - Known for its Brie de Meaux cheese and the Saint-Etienne Cathedral.
  3. Provins - Known for its well-preserved medieval architecture.
  4. Château-Thierry - Known for its historical monuments and vineyards.
  5. La Ferté-sous-Jouarre - Known for its millstones used in the construction of buildings.
  6. Coulommiers - Known for its Coulommiers cheese, a type of Brie cheese.
  7. Nangis - Known for its Château de Nangis.
  8. Étampes - Known for its ten preserved medieval churches.
  9. Dammartin-en-Goële - Known for its historical buildings and its strategic location.
  10. Lagny-sur-Marne - Known for its Abbey of Saint-Pierre.
  11. Fontainebleau - Known for its large and scenic forest and château.
  12. Montereau-Fault-Yonne - Known for its confluence of Yonne and Seine rivers.
  13. Nemours - Known for its castle and the Prehistory Museum of Ile-de-France.
  14. Moret-sur-Loing - Known for its picturesque views and the Moret Gate.
  15. Montargis - Known as the "Venise of the Gâtinais" due to its canals.

Notable Natural Phenomena:

  1. Marne River - The longest river in France, known for its scenic beauty.
  2. Seine River - One of the major waterways in France, flowing through Paris.
  3. Aube River - Known for its beautiful landscapes and recreational fishing.
  4. Orient Forest Regional Natural Park - A beautiful natural park known for its lakes and forests.
  5. Plateau de Langres - The natural watershed boundary between the North Sea and the Mediterranean.

Historical Events (1600-1690):

  1. The Coronation of Louis XIII - Louis XIII was crowned as the King of France in Reims Cathedral in 1610.
  2. The Franco-Spanish War - The Franco-Spanish War (1635–1659) significantly impacted the region.
  3. The Treaty of Nijmegen - The Treaty of Nijmegen in 1678 ended various interconnected wars among France, the Dutch Republic, Spain, Brandenburg, Sweden, Denmark, the Prince-Bishopric of Münster, and the Holy Roman Empire.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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