Old Map of the Kingdoms of Portugal & Algarve by Visscher, 1690: Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Salamanca, Serra da Estrela
Old Map of the Kingdoms of Portugal & Algarve by Visscher, 1690: Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Salamanca, Serra da Estrela
Old Map of the Kingdoms of Portugal & Algarve by Visscher, 1690: Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Salamanca, Serra da Estrela
Old Map of the Kingdoms of Portugal & Algarve by Visscher, 1690: Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Salamanca, Serra da Estrela

Old Map of the Kingdoms of Portugal & Algarve by Visscher, 1690: Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Salamanca, Serra da Estrela

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and intricate details of the 'Portugalliae et Algarbiae Regna', a map crafted by the renowned Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. Translated to 'Kingdoms of Portugal and Algarve', this map encapsulates the political and geographical nuances of these regions during a time when cartography was both an art and a science. The map captures the essence of the Dutch Golden Age, a period renowned for its advancements in trade, science, military, and art, with Visscher II being a significant contributor to its cultural and intellectual prosperity.

This map is a testament to Visscher II's remarkable ability to intertwine aesthetics and accuracy. It beautifully illustrates the cities of Lisbon and Porto, along with Seville and Salamanca, each depicted with their unique architectural and cultural features. The Serra da Estrela Natural Park, Portugal's highest mountain range, is also meticulously represented, reflecting the mapmaker's attention to natural phenomena.

The 'Portugalliae et Algarbiae Regna' is not just a map, but a historical document that portrays the world as it was perceived in the late 17th century. It offers a unique perspective on the administrative boundaries, towns, forests, waterways, canals, mountains, and landmarks of the time. The map is hand-colored in outline and features decorative cartouches, coat of arms, compass roses, and vignettes of ships, all of which add to its charm and historical significance.

Finally, the 'Portugalliae et Algarbiae Regna' serves as a remarkable piece of art that would be a prized possession for any collector or history enthusiast. Its relief is shown pictorially, offering a three-dimensional effect that brings the map to life. This piece is more than just a representation of the Kingdoms of Portugal and Algarve; it is a window into the past, a testament to the Dutch Golden Age, and a work of art that continues to captivate and inspire.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Kingdom of Portugal:

  1. Lisbon - Known as Lisboa in Portuguese, it is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It was an important port for trade between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe.
  2. Porto - Also known as Oporto, it is the second-largest city in Portugal. Famous for its production of Port wine.
  3. Braga - One of the oldest cities in Portugal, and traditionally known as the religious center of Portugal.
  4. Coimbra - Known for the University of Coimbra, established in 1290, one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world.
  5. Setúbal - An important center of Portugal's fishing industry.
  6. Aveiro - Known as the Venice of Portugal because of its canals and boats.
  7. Évora - A city well known for its well-preserved old town center, still partially enclosed by medieval walls.
  8. Faro - The southernmost city in Continental Portugal.
  9. Viseu - Known for its high quality of life, it was a center of Portuguese Dão wine production.
  10. Guarda - The highest city in continental Portugal, known for its historical and cultural value.
  11. Viana do Castelo - Known for its folklore, it has a rich historical heritage with origins dating back to pre-Roman times.
  12. Leiria - An important medieval city with a castle that overlooks the city and the river.
  13. Santarém - Known as the Gothic capital of Portugal.
  14. Beja - Known for its agriculture and archeological heritage.
  15. Portalegre - Known for its tapestry and silk manufacturing.

Kingdom of Algarve:

  1. Silves - Once the capital of the Kingdom of Algarve.
  2. Lagos - Known for its iconic cliffs and sandy beaches.
  3. Tavira - Known for its Renaissance and Moorish architecture.
  4. Albufeira - Known for its coastal beauty.
  5. Portimão - Known for its shipbuilding and sardine fishing.
  6. Vila Real de Santo António - Known for its town square and riverside location.
  7. Faro - The administrative center of the Kingdom of Algarve.
  8. Olhão - Known for its fishing port.
  9. Loulé - Known for its market and its Carnival.
  10. Quarteira - Known for its Roman ruins and fishing industry.
  11. Sagres - Known for its historical navigational school established by Henry the Navigator.
  12. Monchique - Known for its mountain range and spa town.
  13. Aljezur - Known for its castle and sweet potato crops.
  14. Vila do Bispo - Known for its religious heritage.
  15. Castro Marim - Known for its medieval castle.

Notable Natural Phenomena:

  1. Serra da Estrela Natural Park - The highest mountain range in Portugal.
  2. Rio Douro - One of the major rivers in the Iberian Peninsula, known for its wine production.
  3. Rio Tejo - The longest river on the Iberian Peninsula.
  4. Ria Formosa - A large coastal lagoon, a birdwatcher's paradise.
  5. Cabo de São Vicente - The southwesternmost point of Portugal and of mainland Europe.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690):

  1. Restoration War (1640-1668) - The period of the Portuguese history that saw the end of the House of Habsburg (also known as the Philippine Dynasty) and the rise of the House of Braganza.
  2. Battle of Ameixial (1663) - A battle fought near Estremoz, a significant victory for the Portuguese Restoration War.
  3. Treaty of Lisbon (1668) - This treaty recognized the sovereignty of the Portuguese House of Braganza.

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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