Old Map of San Sebastian, 1788: Bahía de la Concha, Plaza de la Constitución, Mount Urgull, San Telmo, Good Shepherd Cathedral
Old Map of San Sebastian, 1788: Bahía de la Concha, Plaza de la Constitución, Mount Urgull, San Telmo, Good Shepherd Cathedral
Old Map of San Sebastian, 1788: Bahía de la Concha, Plaza de la Constitución, Mount Urgull, San Telmo, Good Shepherd Cathedral
Old Map of San Sebastian, 1788: Bahía de la Concha, Plaza de la Constitución, Mount Urgull, San Telmo, Good Shepherd Cathedral

Old Map of San Sebastian, 1788: Bahía de la Concha, Plaza de la Constitución, Mount Urgull, San Telmo, Good Shepherd Cathedral

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The 'Plano de la plaza y puerto de San Sebastian' is an exquisite cartographic representation of Donostia-San Sebastian, a vibrant city that exists within the larger geographical region of Spain. Published in 1788 by the Direccion de Hidrografia, this map offers a captivating glimpse into the city's historical landscape, revealing the richness of its past and the intricacies of its urban fabric. As a city map, it goes beyond the mere geographical layout, providing a detailed political and physical depiction of the city. This makes it an interesting piece, not only for map enthusiasts but also for historians, urban planners, and anyone with a keen interest in the evolution of cities.

This map's unique charm lies in its meticulous detailing. It features an engraved chart, with relief shown by hachures and pictorially, depth shown by soundings. This level of detail provides a three-dimensional perspective of the city, capturing the undulating terrain and the depth of the harbors. The map also highlights the city's architectural heritage, showcasing the fortifications, and providing an insight into the city's strategic importance in the past.

The 'Plano de la plaza y puerto de San Sebastian' is particularly notable for its depiction of the Bahía de la Concha. This famed urban beach, shaped like a shell (hence the name), is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. The map's portrayal of the bay, with its sweeping curve and adjacent urban areas, provides a sense of the city's coastal allure and the spatial relationship between the city and the sea.

Finally, the map offers a wealth of information about the city's coastal cities, towns, and coastline detail. It provides a snapshot of the city's maritime activities, hinting at the bustling trade and the vibrant life of the harbor. The map also includes an explanation, adding another layer of understanding to the viewer. Overall, the 'Plano de la plaza y puerto de San Sebastian' is more than just a map; it is a historical document, a piece of art, and a narrative of a city's past.

  • Neighbourhoods
  • Old Town
  • Antiguo
  • Gros
  • Amara
  • Egia

  • Major Streets

  • Avenida de la Libertad
  • Calle Mayor
  • Paseo de la Concha
  • Calle de San Jerónimo
  • Calle de 31 de Agosto


  • Historic Landmarks

  • Bahía de la Concha
  • Plaza de la Constitución
  • Mount Urgull
  • San Telmo Museum
  • Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
  • Santa Clara Island
  • Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium
  • Maria Cristina Bridge
  • Victoria Eugenia Theatre
  • Miramar Palace

  • Historical Events

  • Siege of San Sebastian (1813)
  • Establishment of the Provincial Government (1833)
  • Opening of the Maria Cristina Bridge (1905)
  • Bombing of San Sebastian during the Spanish Civil War (1936)
  • Inauguration of the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium (1999)

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 every size, but I always recommend going for a larger size if you have space. That way you can easily make out all of the details.

This map looks amazing at sizes all the way up to 70in (180cm). If you are looking for a larger map, please get in touch.

Please note: the labels on this map are hard to read if you order a map that is 16in (40cm) or smaller. The map is still very attractive, but if you would like to read the map easily, please buy a larger size.

The model in the listing images is holding the 18x24in (45x60cm) version of this map.

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

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

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.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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