Old Map of Kingdom of Bohemia by Visscher, 1690: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Wroclaw, Poznań
Old Map of Kingdom of Bohemia by Visscher, 1690: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Wroclaw, Poznań
Old Map of Kingdom of Bohemia by Visscher, 1690: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Wroclaw, Poznań
Old Map of Kingdom of Bohemia by Visscher, 1690: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Wroclaw, Poznań

Old Map of Kingdom of Bohemia by Visscher, 1690: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Wroclaw, Poznań

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Discover the historical intricacies of the Kingdom of Bohemia, as masterfully captured by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. This detailed map, titled 'Regnum Bohemia, eique Annexae Provinciae : Ut Ducatus Silesia, Marchionatus Moravia, et Lusatia: quae sunt Terrae Haereditariae Imperatoris', showcases the grandeur of the region, its political divisions, and the various territories that were under the hereditary rule of the Emperor.

Translated into English, the title of the map signifies 'Kingdom of Bohemia, and the Provinces annexed to it: Such as the Duchy of Silesia, the Margraviate of Moravia, and Lusatia: which are the Hereditary Lands of the Emperor'. This map offers a unique glimpse into the historical geopolitical landscape of the region, encompassing the modern-day area of the Czech Republic and parts of Poland.

The map features five prominent cities - Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Wroclaw, and Poznań. Each city holds a rich historical significance. Prague, the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, was a significant city in the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. Brno, the capital of Moravia, was an important trade centre and cultural hub. Ostrava, an industrial powerhouse, was a symbol of prosperity. Wroclaw and Poznań, now part of Poland, were important cities in the Duchy of Silesia and played crucial roles in the region's history.

Visscher's map is a testament to the grandeur of the Dutch Golden Age of cartography. It captures the geographical and political nuances of the Kingdom of Bohemia and its surrounding regions with precision and detail. This piece serves as an exquisite historical artifact, offering insights into the intricate political divisions and the rich cultural tapestry of the late 17th century Central Europe.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Kingdom of Bohemia

  • Prague - Known as 'Praha' in Czech, it was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and a significant city in the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • Plzeň - Known as 'Pilsen' in German, it was an important city renowned for its brewing industry, which dates back to the 13th century.
  • České Budějovice - Known as 'Budweis' in German, it was a major trading centre and the site of the original Budweiser Budvar Brewery.
  • Hradec Králové - Known as 'Königgrätz' in German, it was a significant city with a royal castle.
  • Liberec - Known as 'Reichenberg' in German, it was a significant textile manufacturing hub.
  • Karlovy Vary - Known as 'Carlsbad' in German, it was famous for its hot springs and was a popular tourist destination.
  • Ústí nad Labem - Known as 'Aussig' in German, it was a major port city on the Elbe River.
  • Tábor - Named after Mount Tabor, it was a significant centre of the Hussites.
  • Kladno - Known for its iron and steel industry.
  • Most - Known as 'Brüx' in German, it was a significant mining city.

Duchy of Silesia

  • Wrocław - Known as 'Breslau' in German, it was the historical capital of Silesia.
  • Legnica - Known as 'Liegnitz' in German, it was the site of the Battle of Legnica during the Mongol invasion of Europe.
  • Głogów - Known as 'Glogau' in German, it was a significant fortress city.
  • Opole - Known for its rich history and beautiful architecture.
  • Wałbrzych - Known as 'Waldenburg' in German, it was a significant industrial city, particularly for the linen and woolen industries.
  • Zgorzelec - Known as 'Görlitz' in German, it was a significant cultural and commercial centre.
  • Jelenia Góra - Known as 'Hirschberg' in German, it was a significant textile manufacturing city.
  • Świdnica - Known as 'Schweidnitz' in German, it was a significant trade centre.
  • Brzeg - Known as 'Brieg' in German, it was the site of a significant Renaissance castle.

Margraviate of Moravia

  • Brno - The capital of Moravia, it was an important trade centre and cultural hub.
  • Olomouc - Known as 'Olmütz' in German, it was a significant city with a prominent cathedral and university.
  • Zlín - Known for its shoe manufacturing industry, particularly the Bata Shoes company.
  • Prostějov - Known for its textile industry.
  • Přerov - A significant railway junction.
  • Hodonín - Known for its wine production.
  • Jihlava - Known as 'Iglau' in German, it was a significant mining city.
  • Uherské Hradiště - Known for its wine production and folk culture.
  • Blansko - Known for its iron industry.
  • Břeclav - Known for its railway junction.

Notable Natural Phenomena

  • Elbe River - A major river that flows through the Kingdom of Bohemia.
  • Sudetes Mountains - A significant mountain range that forms a natural border between Bohemia and Silesia.
  • Bohemian Forest - A low mountain range in the Kingdom of Bohemia, a popular tourist destination.
  • Moravian Karst - A significant karst landscape in the Margraviate of Moravia, known for its caves.
  • Bohemian Paradise - A protected area in the Kingdom of Bohemia, known for its scenic beauty.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690)

  • Battle of White Mountain (1620) - A significant battle in the Thirty Years' War that took place near Prague.
  • The Habsburg Re-Catholization (1627) - A significant religious event where the Habsburgs attempted to restore Catholicism as the dominant religion in Bohemia.
  • The Silesian Wars (1672-1679) - A series of wars fought in Silesia between Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

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