Old Map of Duchy of Silesia by Visscher, 1690: Wroclaw, Prague, Kraków, Poznań, Dresden
Old Map of Duchy of Silesia by Visscher, 1690: Wroclaw, Prague, Kraków, Poznań, Dresden
Old Map of Duchy of Silesia by Visscher, 1690: Wroclaw, Prague, Kraków, Poznań, Dresden
Old Map of Duchy of Silesia by Visscher, 1690: Wroclaw, Prague, Kraków, Poznań, Dresden

Old Map of Duchy of Silesia by Visscher, 1690: Wroclaw, Prague, Kraków, Poznań, Dresden

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Duchy of Silesia with this exquisite map, meticulously crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The map, whose full name 'Silesiae Ducatus Accurata et vera delineatio' translates to 'Accurate and true depiction of the Duchy of Silesia', provides a captivating glimpse into the region's political divisions during the late 17th century. Visscher, a prominent figure in the Dutch Golden Age of cartography, has intricately detailed the various regions within the Duchy, offering a unique perspective on the historical landscape of what is now modern-day Poland and the Czech Republic.

The map showcases several significant cities, each with its own story and historical significance. Wroclaw, known as Breslau in the German language, was the historical capital of Silesia and is beautifully represented. Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, is another notable city featured on the map. It's fascinating to observe these cities as they were perceived in the 17th century, providing a historical lens through which to view their evolution.

Kraków, Poznań, and Dresden also hold prominent positions on the map. Kraków, the royal capital of Poland until the end of the 16th century, is depicted with great detail. Poznań, one of the oldest cities in Poland, and Dresden, the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany, further enrich the map's historical narrative. Each city's depiction is a testament to Visscher's meticulous attention to detail and his commitment to accurately representing the political and geographical landscape of the time.

The map is more than just a geographical representation; it's a historical document that encapsulates the political and territorial intricacies of the Duchy of Silesia in the 17th century. It provides a unique opportunity to delve into the history of this region, exploring the cities, landmarks, and borders that have shaped its identity. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a cartography lover, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of old maps, this piece by Visscher is a treasure that offers a wealth of exploration and discovery.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Duchy of Silesia

  • Wroclaw (Breslau): The historical capital of Silesia, it was an important center of trade and culture in the region.
  • Opole: Known as Oppeln in German, it was a significant cultural and economic center.
  • Glogow (Glogau): An important fortress city, it was a major center of trade due to its location on the Oder River.
  • Legnica (Liegnitz): Known for its rich history and beautiful architecture, it was a significant cultural center.
  • Zgorzelec (Görlitz): Located on the Lusatian Neisse River, it was an important trade city.
  • Swidnica (Schweidnitz): Known for its rich history and cultural significance.
  • Klodzko (Glatz): An important fortress city in the region.
  • Jelenia Gora (Hirschberg): Known for its beautiful landscapes and rich history.
  • Walbrzych (Waldenburg): Known for its coal mining industry.
  • Nysa (Neisse): An important cultural and educational center.
  • Brzeg (Brieg): Known for its Renaissance castle and rich history.
  • Olesnica (Oels): Known for its beautiful castle and cultural significance.
  • Raciborz (Ratibor): Known for its rich history and cultural heritage.
  • Cieszyn (Teschen): Known for its beautiful landscapes and rich history.
  • Bytom (Beuthen): Known for its rich history and cultural significance.

    Notable boundaries and natural phenomena:

    • Oder River: A major waterway in Central Europe, it's now a popular spot for river cruises.
    • Sudetes Mountains: A significant mountain range, it's now a popular spot for hiking and skiing.
    • Elbe River: Another major waterway, it's now a popular spot for river cruises.
    • Krkonose National Park: Located in the Sudetes Mountains, it's now a popular tourist attraction.
    • Bialowieza Forest: A large ancient woodland, it's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Notable historical events:

    • Thirty Years' War (1618-1648): A major conflict in the region, it had significant impacts on the political and social landscape.
    • The Deluge (1655-1660): A series of invasions and wars in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
    • Treaty of Nijmegen (1678-1679): 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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