Old Map of Utrecht by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Hilversum, Zeist, Nieuwegein
Old Map of Utrecht by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Hilversum, Zeist, Nieuwegein
Old Map of Utrecht by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Hilversum, Zeist, Nieuwegein
Old Map of Utrecht by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Hilversum, Zeist, Nieuwegein

Old Map of Utrecht by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Hilversum, Zeist, Nieuwegein

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Experience a journey through time with this remarkable old map of Utrecht, meticulously crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The map, whose full Latin name is 'Ultraiectini Dominii Tabula. Multo aliis auctior et correctior', translates to 'Map of the Utrecht Domain. Much more complete and correct than others'. This title is a testament to the map's detailed depiction of the region and the skill of its maker.

The map captures the essence of the Dutch Golden Age, a period of unprecedented wealth and cultural growth in the Netherlands. It showcases a number of significant cities and landmarks, including Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Hilversum, Zeist, and Nieuwegein. Each location is rendered with remarkable precision, reflecting the meticulous craftsmanship that Visscher was renowned for.

Visscher's map provides a fascinating insight into the historical and political landscape of the time. It details the various regions and political divisions within the Utrecht domain, offering a glimpse into the complex dynamics of the era. This makes it not just a decorative piece, but also a valuable historical document that can offer a deeper understanding of the past.

The map also holds a wealth of information for those interested in natural phenomena. It accurately represents the geographical features of the region, from the winding rivers to the sprawling plains. This level of detail makes it a valuable resource for those interested in the natural history of the Netherlands, as well as a stunning piece of art.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Utrecht Region:

  • Amsterdam: Known as the "Venice of the North", it was a major trading hub in the 17th century. Historical name: Amstelredamme.
  • Amersfoort: Known for its well-preserved medieval city, it was a significant wool and textile producer. Historical name: Emeresfoort.
  • Hilversum: Known for its rich history in farming and textile industry. Historical name: Hillfersum.
  • Zeist: Famous for its 17th-century castle, Slot Zeist. Historical name: Seist.
  • Nieuwegein: Known for its strategic location on the river Lek. Historical name: Nieuwe Gein.
  • Utrecht: The city from which the region takes its name, it was a major religious center. Historical name: Traiectum.
  • Woerden: An important military stronghold due to its location on the Old Rhine. Historical name: Laurum.
  • Veenendaal: Known for its peat extraction industry. Historical name: Veenendaal.
  • Soest: Known for its beautiful churches and rich farming history. Historical name: Zoys.
  • Maarssen: A picturesque town on the river Vecht. Historical name: Marsna.
  • Baarn: Known for its royal connections and beautiful palaces. Historical name: Barne.
  • Bunschoten: A historic fishing and farming village. Historical name: Bonifatius-stede.
  • Leusden: Known for its historic hamlets and farming communities. Historical name: Lisiduna.
  • Rhenen: Known for its strategic location on the Rhine and its historic city center. Historical name: Renen.
  • Wijk bij Duurstede: Known for its historic castle, Duurstede Castle. Historical name: Dorestad.

Notable Natural Phenomena:

  • Rhine River: A major European river that flows through the region.
  • Lek River: A significant river that flows through Nieuwegein.
  • Vecht River: A picturesque river that flows through Maarssen.
  • Zuiderzee: A historic, shallow bay of the North Sea.
  • Utrecht Hill Ridge: A ridge of low sandhills that covers a part of the province.

Historical Events:

  • Treaty of Utrecht (1579): A treaty that established the independence of the northern provinces of the Netherlands.
  • Battle of Amersfoort (1623): A significant battle during the Dutch Revolt.
  • Siege of Grol (1627): A major event during the Eighty Years' War.

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.

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.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) 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 of Europe and European cities 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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Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

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All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

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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