Old Map of Holy Roman Empire by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna
Old Map of Holy Roman Empire by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna
Old Map of Holy Roman Empire by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna
Old Map of Holy Roman Empire by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna

Old Map of Holy Roman Empire by Nicolaes Visscher II, 1690: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna

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This exquisitely detailed map, titled 'S. Imperium Romano-Germanicum: oder Teutschland mit seinen angrantzenden Konigreichen und Provincien', is a testament to the cartographic skills of Nicolaes Visscher II, a renowned mapmaker from the Dutch Golden Age. The title, translated into English, reads 'The Holy Roman Empire: or Germany with its adjoining Kingdoms and Provinces', and it encapsulates the vast expanse of Central Europe that the map covers.

This map, made in 1690, presents a rich and detailed picture of the political divisions and regions of the Holy Roman Empire. It is a fascinating glimpse into the past, providing a snapshot of the geographical and political landscape of Central Europe at the end of the 17th century. The map prominently features five significant cities: Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Vienna.

The map's depiction of Paris, the capital of France, shows it as a bustling metropolis, even in the 17th century. Berlin, the capital of Brandenburg-Prussia, is represented as an emerging power in the region. Brussels, the heart of the Spanish Netherlands, is portrayed with its iconic cityscape. Amsterdam, the commercial hub of the Dutch Republic, is depicted in all its glory. Vienna, the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy, is shown as a significant center of power.

In addition to these cities, the map also presents a variety of landmarks and natural phenomena that provide a deeper understanding of the region's geography and topography. The map's borders are meticulously drawn, reflecting the political divisions of the time. The mountains and other natural features are depicted with remarkable accuracy, demonstrating Visscher's attention to detail. This map is not just a cartographic representation, but a historical artifact that offers a unique perspective on the world as it was known in the 17th century.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

The Holy Roman Empire

  • Vienna - Known as 'Wien' in German, it was the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy and a major center of arts and culture.
  • Berlin - Then the capital of Brandenburg-Prussia, it was known as 'Berolina' in Latin.
  • Cologne - Known as 'Köln', it was one of the largest cities in the Holy Roman Empire, famous for its cathedral.
  • Frankfurt - An important city for trade and commerce, known for its annual fairs.
  • Munich - Known as 'München', it was the capital of Bavaria.
  • Nuremberg - Known as 'Nürnberg', it was a significant cultural and scientific hub.
  • Hamburg - A major port city in northern Germany.
  • Dresden - Known for its beautiful architecture and art treasures.
  • Bremen - An important member of the Hanseatic League.
  • Leipzig - A major cultural center, known for its music and publishing houses.


  • Paris - The capital of France, known for its cultural and historical significance.
  • Marseille - A major port city on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Lyon - Known for its historical and architectural landmarks.
  • Toulouse - A city on the banks of the River Garonne.
  • Nantes - A port city on the Loire River.
  • Strasbourg - A city known for its Gothic architecture and as the seat of several European institutions.

The Spanish Netherlands

  • Brussels - The heart of the Spanish Netherlands, known for its iconic cityscape.
  • Antwerp - Known as 'Antwerpen', it was a major trade and cultural hub.
  • Ghent - Known as 'Gent', it was one of the richest and largest cities in Europe during the Middle Ages.
  • Bruges - Known as 'Brugge', it was an important center of the Flemish cloth industry.

The Dutch Republic

  • Amsterdam - The commercial hub of the Dutch Republic, known for its artistic heritage.
  • Rotterdam - Known for its strategic location and harbor, Europe's busiest.
  • The Hague - Known as 'Den Haag', it was the seat of the Dutch government and parliament.
  • Utrecht - Known for its central position and for Utrecht University, the largest in the Netherlands.
  • Groningen - Known for its old city center and university.

Other notable features:

  • The Rhine River - A major European river that flows through several countries.
  • The Danube River - Europe's second-longest river, flowing through multiple central and eastern European countries.
  • The Alps - The highest and most extensive mountain range in Europe.
  • The Black Forest - A mountainous region in southwest Germany, known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages.
  • The Ardennes - A region of extensive forests, rolling hills and ridges in Belgium, Luxembourg, and France.

Historical events:

  • The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) - A major conflict that devastated Europe, particularly the Holy Roman Empire.
  • The Franco-Dutch War (1672-1678) - A conflict between the French kingdom and the Dutch Republic, with the latter supported by Spain, the Emperor and Brandenburg.
  • The Glorious Revolution (1688) - A major political shift in England, which had profound effects across Europe.

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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.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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